Police: More people are dying on Austin roads this year

APD to discuss traffic deaths
APD to discuss traffic deaths

AUSTIN (KXAN) — We may be only eight months in to 2015, but 67 people have already died on the Austin roadways.

Today Austin police announces their big plan to keep drivers safe on the road.

This plan comes after a long string of deadly crashes in Austin. In the last three day alone three people have died in motorcycle and car crashes.

The area along Slaughter Lane has seen high numbers of crashes. Just yesterday morning, there was a fatal crash after a Jeep collided with a garbage truck. Up the road from that crash a few weeks ago one woman died in a nine-car collision at Slaughter and Manchaca Road.

Erin Foster, a witness of both of the crashes on Slaughter Lane and resident in the area describes the scene of the accident.

“The Jeep pulled out from this parking lot, appears that the Jeep hit the truck and the person in the passenger’s side went through windshield and got run over by the truck,” said Foster. “You can tell there are pieces of flesh laying on the ground.

Foster says the street is “actually earning it’s name,” and as a resident there is “too much slaughter here.”

The Public Safety Commission collected data that shows the deadliest time frame for drivers. The worst time for drivers so far is between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m., and half of the fatal crashes over the past five years have occurred on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

The Commission also found the factors that have led to crashes. They reported that 56 percent of fatal crashes occur when the driver is impaired by alcohol or drugs. 45 percent of fatal motorcycle crashes involve the driver not wearing a helmet. 39 percent of motor vehicle crashes involved the driver not wearing a seat-belt.

There were 1,188 DWI and DUI collisions in 2015, reported APD; compared to 1,080 collisions in 2014. So far of those numbers of collisions 20 were fatal this year and 19 were fatal by this time last year.

The number of deaths on the road has almost doubled since this time last year. In 2014 by the month of August there were 37 deaths.

APD released the number of traffic deaths over the past few years in Austin:

  • 2009: 62 deaths
  • 2010: 49 deaths
  • 2011: 55 deaths
  • 2012: 78 deaths
  • 2013: 75 deaths
  • 2014: 63 deaths
  • YTD 2015: 67 deaths

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