Posts Tagged ‘Austin Police Department’

Back to School — Be Safe In School Zones

For those of us in Austin, today is the first day of the new school  year.  As always, we need to mindful of school zones, especially the prohibition against cell phone use in school zones. This year, the Austin Police Department is helping remind us, and perhaps not the easy way.  I heard a report…

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Back To School Safety Reminders

Today is the start of school for most of our Central Texas schools. Remember to stay safe in your local communities and in school zones.  In Austin, the Austin Police Department will engage in a Back To School traffic safety initiative through Sept. 6th.  You’ll see more officers patrolling school zones and looking for drivers…

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Austin Pedestrian/Bicyclist Deaths Continue At A Rapid Pace

Yesterday’s Austin American Statesman reported that Austin is on a record pace for pedestrian and bicyclist deaths. So far, 16 pedestrians and 1 bicyclist have lost their life to wrecks.  In 2012, the current record year, 26 pedestrians and 3 bicyclists were killed. The best quote of the story was from Lt. Troy Officer, who…

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Austin Car Wrecks: Let's Reduce Traffic Fatalities This New Year

2012 is finally winding down, and sadly, it has been the deadliest year for Austin car wrecks in over a decade.  As of December 27, Austin had 77 traffic fatalities, the most since 2000.  Fortunately, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is looking to do something about it. In a December 29 Austin American Statesman story,…

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Texas Tops The List For Auto-Train Collisions

Tuesday morning, the Austin Police Department conducted an unusual sting — one designed to catch drivers who disregard traffic signals at rail road crossings. Sadly, Texas is at the top of the list for train wrecks, and the problem is increasing in Austin as the commuter trains move into downtown.  Last year there were 16…

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APD Seeks To Reduce The Risks Of Distracted Driving

If you’ve read the blog regularly at all, you know that one of my pet topics is distracted driving.  We see distracted drivers causing unnecessary car wrecks and trucking wrecks and personal injuries on an almost weekly basis.  And police officers aren’t immune to the problem — in fact, the potential problem is worse for police…

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Austin Car Wrecks: APD Names 5 Most Dangerous Intersections

Yesterday, the Austin Police Department released its annual list of the 5 Most Dangerous Intersections in Austin.  The Top (or Bottom) Five are: Koenig Lane and Airport Blvd. MoPac and Scofield Ridge Congress Avenue and Cesear Chavez Riverside and Pleasant Valley Riverside and Willow Creek The list is a little misleading since it calculates the…

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Austin Police Department Is Trying To Reduce Injuries From Auto Accidents

The Austin Police Department is trying something a little new to reduce the number of injuries that Austinites suffer in car wrecks. The police department initiated their usual Click It or  Ticket campaign to encourage motorists to use their seat belts.  But this year, they’re adding a twist:  undercover police officers are dressing as panhandlers…

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