SXSW safety tips



Posted on March 8, 2013 at 5:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 11 at 5:37 PM

AUSTIN -- In order to have a fun, safe time at South by Southwest 2014, the Austin Police Department recommends the following:


  • Always park in a well-lit parking lot/area
  • Do not park in areas that say “No parking”
  • If your vehicle gets towed from a public street or alley you will need to call Southside Wrecker at (512) 441-7094
  • If you get towed from a private parking lot, a sign will be posted at the entrance with the contact information for the towing company servicing that particular lot
  • Only provide money to legitimate parking attendants.


Street Closures


Buddy System

  • It is always important to use the buddy system. If you are with a group of friends try your best to stay with your group
  • If for some reason you get separated from your group, designate a meeting location
  • Sometimes cell phones do not work due to high usage in one area, so have a backup plan
  • Designate a driver!  It is not worth getting behind the wheel drunk.  You are putting your own life and innocent lives at risk.


Protecting your valuables

  • If you are staying in a hotel, it is important for you to put all your major valuables such as computers, electronics, jewelry, etc. in a secure area



  • Stay off the road when possible
  • Monitor the traffic around you so you can assess the risks you face
  • Never assume that because you can see vehicles they can see you
  • Eliminate distractions such as cell phones and electronics
  • Wear reflective clothing when walking at night and walk in well-lit areas



  • Always check over your shoulder and signal your intentions, even when just changing position in a lane
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks



  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Don’t text and drive
  • Slow down, especially in areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic
  • Share the road with pedestrians, cyclists and other road users
  • Check mirrors and blind spots for bicycles and pedestrians before turning, changing lanes or opening car doors
  • When passing a cyclist, reduce speed and give plenty of space
  • Always signal your turns
  • Drive sober

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