On May 8, the Houston City Council approved a new ordinance aimed at protecting the city’s “vulnerable road users.” The law defines a safe distance for vehicles passing runners, walkers, bicyclists and others.
The law is part of ongoing efforts around the city to make streets more friendly for Houston pedestrians. A 2009 project called for $2.9 million in improvements, including newer traffic signals with countdown warning lights and sound signals for pedestrians, as well as new sidewalks. With rows of commercial strips, flea markets and a car-oriented city structure, it makes sense that Houston pedestrians should walk the city with extreme care. Here are some tips for pedestrians and drivers to safely share Houston roadways.
Reduce Walking Accidents
To walk out of harm’s way, keep the following pedestrian tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in mind:
Reduce Driving Accidents
Minimize your chances of an accident by following these safety tips from the Highway Safety Research Center:
Of course, it’s also important that you never engage in distracted driving. It’s dangerous, and it can be against the law. In Houston, drivers are prohibited from talking on a cellphone while driving in a school zone, but not outside these zones. While Texas has no restrictions on texting while driving outside of school zones, Mayor Annise Parker, in April, kicked off a citywide campaign against texting while driving. A bill currently with the Texas Senate would ban texting and driving.
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