AUSTIN (KXAN) — The year 2015 has been the deadliest year for car crashes in Austin. Ninety-two people were killed this year alone. The Austin Police Department (APD) is launching several initiatives to combat an increase in deadly crashes.
APD says they are also boosting patrols over the holidays in addition to working closely with the city on their Vision Zero Task Force, a program dedicated to reducing traffic deaths.
The department is also considering bringing in more partners to contribute to reducing fatal accidents. The initiative goes beyond solely focusing on car to car collisions, but also accidents that involve pedestrians and bicyclists. Commander Art Fortune of APD’s Highway Enforcement Team says they need to prevent pedestrians from walking on high speed roads.
“We’re going to look a little more focused this year on using some grant money from TxDOT to do some pedestrian initiatives, to potentially look at our current city ordinances for a pedestrian in the roadway,” Fortune says.
A woman died Monday after being struck by a truck on an I-35 frontage road.
For more information on the Vision Zero Task Force visit the city’s website here.