Harris County Sheriff's Office Cautions Drivers, Pedestrians and Cyclists

Harris County Sheriff's Office Cautions Drivers, Pedestrians and Cyclists

February 12 2024

Pedestrian-related traffic crashes continue to be a serious concern across our community. As we strive to create safer streets for everyone, the Harris County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) urges all residents to prioritize pedestrian safety.

This year to date, the HCSO Vehicular Crimes Unit has investigated 57 auto vs. pedestrian collisions that have resulted in a total of 60 pedestrian deaths.

Last year, HCSO investigators worked on 53 auto vs. pedestrian collisions that resulted in 53 pedestrian deaths. In 2021, HCSO investigators worked 46 auto vs. pedestrian collisions, resulting in 48 pedestrian deaths.

The number of auto-pedestrian fatalities keeps increasing year after year. Whether you're walking for exercise, commuting, or simply enjoying the outdoors, following these safety tips for pedestrians can significantly reduce the risk of accidents.

  • Use Designated Crosswalks: Always cross the street at designated crosswalks or intersections. 
  • Stay Visible: Wear reflective clothing or a flashlight to enhance visibility if you walk at night.  
  • Avoid Distractions: Stay focused while walking and avoid distractions such as texting or using headphones. 
  • Follow Traffic Rules: Obey traffic signals and signs, just like drivers. 
  • Walk Against Traffic: If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic to see oncoming vehicles. 
  • Be Predictable: Follow a straight line when walking and avoid sudden movements.  
  • Watch for Turning Vehicles: Be cautious when crossing driveways or intersections, as drivers may not see you, especially when turning. 
  • Teach Children Road Safety: Educate children about pedestrian safety rules and supervise them when walking near traffic.

HCSO also urges the community to heed these important driver safety tips to help prevent auto-pedestrian fatalities.

  • Stay Alert: Pay attention to the road and eliminate distractions like texting or adjusting the radio while driving.
  • Obey Speed Limits: Adhere to posted speed limits, especially in residential areas and near schools.
  • Stop for Pedestrians: Always stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Be courteous and give them the right of way.
  • Use Caution at Intersections: Exercise caution when approaching intersections, and be prepared to yield to pedestrians.
  • Look Before Turning: Check for pedestrians, especially those crossing the street you are turning into.
  • Don't Drive Under the Influence: Impaired driving significantly increases the risk of pedestrian accidents.

Incorporating these safety tips into your driving habits creates a safer environment for pedestrians and fellow motorists.

Let's work together to prevent auto-pedestrian fatalities and ensure the well-being of our community. Thank you for your commitment to road safety!

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