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Study Examines How and Where ‘Near-Misses’ Happen on Houston Roads

Posted on · (Above: An illustration of some common “near-misses” Houston cyclists and pedestrians face on Houston roads. Images Courtesy: Kinder Institute for Urban Research.) We’ve all had near-misses on Houston roads – moments where we just dodged an accident. It could be a host of things, from changing lanes and not realizing there was someone in your […]

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Designs That Will Make Streets Safe for Pedestrians

Posted on · It seems a week doesn’t go by that we don’t hear about another pedestrian fatality somewhere in Greater Houston. In fact, according to an article in the Insurance Journal as of Nov. 2016, Houston pedestrians who have been struck and killed by cars has risen over 31 percent. HPD admits that’s higher than the total for all of […]

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Rules of the Road: Surviving 4th of July Traffic in Houston

Posted on · According to AAA,  the upcoming three-day Independence Day weekend will see the highest Fourth of July traffic volume on record. Some 43 million Americans are expected to take to the roads. Of course, we want all Houstonians to be safe while traveling this weekend. In that spirit, we welcome your questions for Trooper Richard Standifer from […]

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New ‘Vision Zero’ Plan Aims to Reduce Houston Traffic Deaths

Posted on · On Jan.14, 2016, Houston Tomorrow unveiled its “Vision Zero” plan – proposed steps to reduce the number of traffic deaths and serious injuries in Houston. We find out what they want the city to do in order to achieve that goal, as we talk with Jay Blazek Crossley, the executive director of Houston Tomorrow. We […]

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Houston Leads the Nation in Red-Light Fatalities

Posted on · According to a recent report from the National Coalition for Safer Roads, Houston leads the nation in red-light fatalities — deaths caused, at least in part, by a driver running a red light — based on data spanning a decade, from 2004 to 2013. In that time, 7,800 people died in red light crashes — 181 […]

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Sharing the Road: What Changes Pedestrians Want to See to Make Houston a More Walkable City

Posted on · Houston motorists often share the road with cyclists and pedestrians, but it’s not always a harmonious relationship. According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, more than 480 pedestrians were killed in Texas in 2014, accounting for about 14 percent of all motor vehicle deaths in the state. In Houston alone, that number rises to more […]

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National Safety Council Chief Discusses Texting and Driving and Workplace Safety

Posted on · Houston Matters’ Maggie Martin talks with Deborah Hersman, President and CEO of the National Safety Council, who stopped by Houston recently. The non-profit safety advocate is focusing on efforts to encourage safe driving, as well as workplace safety. Hersman explains why Texas is of specific interest to the NSC.

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Pedestrian Fatalities, Tunnel History, and Fishing in Houston & Galveston: Houston Matters for Wed., March 12, 2014

Posted on · A new report indicates pedestrian fatalities have decreased nationwide after a three-year spike. But not here in Texas. On this edition of Houston Matters, we’ll talk with the report’s author, transportation researcher Dr. Allan Williams, the former chief scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about the particulars of what he found. Then we’ll […]

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The Real Rules of Houston Roads

Posted on · Beginning Sept. 1, the “Move Over/Slow Down” law on Texas roads will apply to TxDOT crews, as well as police, emergency responders and tow trucks. In essence, the law states that if you see any of these folks along the side of the road, you need to move over or slow down. It’s one of […]