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Why Are Pedestrian Fatalities Down Everywhere — Except Texas?

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 […]

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 discuss the implications of the report, and concerns about what may lead to pedestrian accidents in Greater Houston, from a lack of sidewalks to distracted driving and walking. We’ll welcome your thoughts as well, as we speak with Houston Police Department Traffic Enforcement Division Captain Larry Baimbridge, Kara Kockelman, a Professor of Transportation Engineering at UT-Austin, and News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail DeLaughter.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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