Safety is the focus of the Austin Police Department’s new program, the
Pedestrian Safety Initiative. The department has established a
Pedestrian Enforcement Safety Team, or P.E.S.T., which is populated by
officers from their Highway Enforcement Command. KVUE.com
reports that the program was launched today on Barton Springs Road, but
will move around the city at six different locations. Officers watched
for motorists who did not yield the right of way to pedestrians and
pedestrians who crossed in the middle of the road or did not obey
crosswalk signals. Warnings and tickets with a price tag of up to $200
were issued. The program is not designed to be a temporary
crack down, but an ongoing operation with the goal of changing the
culture. Last year 22 pedestrians and cyclists lost their lives to
traffic accidents and already in 2012, there have been eight deaths.
APD hopes their P.E.S.T. program will prevent further deaths and
encourage pedestrians and motorists to share the roads safely. Looking for an Austin Apartment that’s walkable? Contact Apartments Now today for help finding your next home!