Police statistics suggest that San Antonio pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities are on the rise. Texas law enforcement officers hope stricter penalties will lead to more safe and responsible drivers.
Rising Reports of Bicycle and Pedestrian Accidents across Texas
- According to the Texas Department of Transportation statistics published by KENS5 News, Texas experienced a statewide increase in bicyclist fatalities of 19.1% in 2012.
- The state also saw a 13.2% jump traffic accidents involving pedestrians.
- If recent statistics from San Antonio, Texas are any indication, Texans can expect more double digit percentage increases for 2013.
Latest San Antonio Pedestrian and Bicyclist Fatality Statistics
- In 2012, San Antonio reported 46 pedestrian deaths and 4 bicyclist deaths in correlation to automobile accidents in the city.
- According to police statistics, San Antonio has already seen a sharp increase in fatal pedestrian accidents with 29 incidents being reported between January and August.
- Even more alarming, San Antonio has already reported more bicycle deaths than last year with 5 bicyclist fatalities being reported between January and August.
Harsher Penalties Facing Texas Drivers
- In an effort to combat rising hit and runs, pedestrian accidents, and bicyclist accidents across the state, Texans will be subjected to stricter penalties for certain traffic violations beginning September 1, 2013.
- Tougher penalties will result from using a phone in a school zone, running school bus stop signs, hit and runs and failing to move over to allow emergency vehicles to pass and Department of Transportation vehicles.
- Leaving the scene of an accident (hit and run) will now carry a penalty comparable to that of intoxicated driving. This change was put into effect after it was found many drunk drivers would attempt to flee from an accident as being hit and run charges carried less weight than driving while intoxicated.
- Failure to move aside for emergency vehicles will now carry a fine of up to $2000.
- San Antonio police have already begun to take to the streets on bikes in order to enforce the three foot law which requires cars to maintain a distance of at least three feet when passing bicyclists.
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