FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2021
Site visitors Initiatives Reveal Harmful Dashing
Neighborhoods on FM 1826 and alongside FM 812 expressed issues about explosive progress, development visitors, rushing and aggressive driving to TCSO in late October. There has additionally been a dramatic improve within the variety of lethal crashes on FM 812 this yr.
The realm of FM 812 in TCSO’s patrol jurisdiction is a 7 mile stretch that runs from US Hwy 183 east to the Bastrop County line. TCSO performed a visitors examine, and it revealed the overwhelming majority of drivers are following the pace limits, however some speeders are touring in extra of 90 mph. Since 2017, there have been over 900 collisions, twelve of which resulted in fatalities. Many of the collisions occurred between US Hwy 183 and El Roy Street. The causative elements seem like elevated visitors, pace and intoxicated drivers.
FM1826 has seen a major improve in industrial automobile visitors because of new development within the space. TCSO’s patrol jurisdiction is 4.5 miles and runs from US Hwy 290 west to the Hays County line. From October 1, 2020 via October 29, 2021, there have been 45 collisions reported on FM1826 in TCSO’s jurisdiction. Three of these concerned industrial automobiles; one leading to a fatality.
From November 1-19, 2021, TCSO executed visitors initiatives in each areas. Velocity trailers have been positioned alongside the roadways, warning drivers of their pace vs. the posted pace restrict. Deputies from TCSO’s Freeway Enforcement & Accident Group (HEAT), Industrial Car Enforcement unit, Motors unit, DWI Enforcement unit, and patrol platoons patrolled the areas in greater numbers, looking for visitors violations.
The outcomes are as follows:
FM 812: 716 Site visitors Stops | 23 Industrial Car Inspections | 28 Industrial Automobiles taken out of service | 7 DWI Arrests; 1 Felony Warrant
FM 1826: 258 Site visitors Stops | 37 Industrial Car Inspections | 15 Industrial Automobiles taken out of service
A examine of visitors on FM 812 performed within the weeks that adopted the initiative has revealed that extreme rushing continues to be a problem. “It’s crucial for drivers to decelerate. Extreme rushing is reckless and lethal. The vacation season is upon us and that is the time of yr when visitors on our roadways will increase. We additionally see a rise within the variety of impaired drivers. Please don’t threat your life or the lives of others. Decelerate and don’t drink and drive.” -Sheriff Sally Hernandez
TCSO will proceed to patrol and implement visitors legal guidelines in these areas and all through Travis County in an effort to maintain roadways protected.
Submitted By: Kristen Darkish, Sr. Public Info Officer (512) 854-4986