Joint Effort Announced to Enhance Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety in Houston

Joint Effort Announced to Enhance Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety in Houston

In a united effort to address the rising number of injuries and fatalities involving pedestrians and cyclists during the holiday season, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, and Houston Police Chief Troy Finner gathered today to announce a collaborative initiative.

Houston, known for its concerning safety record for pedestrians and cyclists, has witnessed over 30 fatal crashes involving motor vehicles and those on foot or bicycles since October alone.

To combat this alarming trend, new state laws have been implemented, allowing motorists who cause harm to pedestrians or cyclists in crosswalks to face charges of a state jail felony.

District Attorney Kim Ogg emphasized the need for heightened awareness, stating, “Residents of Houston know that our city and its suburbs can be a hazardous place for pedestrians and cyclists. The state has put some stronger laws in place, but we want to ensure that motorists are reminded to drive safely this holiday season and avoid a tragedy with lifelong consequences for everyone.”

Sheriff Ed Gonzalez highlighted a noticeable increase in collisions and fatalities over the past three years, instructing deputies to be vigilant and focus on motorists at intersections and crosswalk areas.

The joint effort aims to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists in the Houston area during the holiday season, emphasizing the importance of responsible driving and adherence to the new state laws.