Houston Matters

The Dangers of Driving at Night in Houston

A few weeks ago (Feb. 13, 2016), five separate traffic fatalities occurred in Greater Houston in one night. One driver was speeding and lost control of his car. A pedestrian tried to cross FM 1960 and was struck by two different cars. Another motorist trying to get around an 18-wheeler struck the truck, then a retaining […]

Photo: Derek Stokely, Houston Public Media

A few weeks ago (Feb. 13, 2016), five separate traffic fatalities occurred in Greater Houston in one night.

One driver was speeding and lost control of his car. A pedestrian tried to cross FM 1960 and was struck by two different cars. Another motorist trying to get around an 18-wheeler struck the truck, then a retaining wall. Another hit the West Sam Houston Parkway wall going more than 100 miles per hour. And an SUV, before dawn, hit a retaining wall, and flipped several times; the driver was sent flying. All grisly deaths. All in one night. And not necessarily all that atypical a night here.

We talk with Dr. Sue Chrysler, senior research scientist with Texas A&M’s Transportation Institute about the human and infrastructural factors that come into play while driving at night in Houston.

(Photo: Derek Stokely, Houston Public Media)

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