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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 […]

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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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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