Posted on November 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Tuesday, Nov 20 at 1:42 PM
AUSTIN -- Police will soon be on Austin roads in extra numbers. On Wednesday the Austin Police Department is launching the 2012 Home for the Holidays traffic safety initiative.
From Nov. 21 through New Year’s Day, APD will put more officers on the road including those who typically aren't on patrol. The department is hoping more officers on the highway will keep drivers on alert and cut back on the biggest traffic problems.
“The big ones are tailgating, following too closely, that's part of the aggressive driving, speeding, cutting in and out of lanes, running stop signs, running red lights, all those types of issues as well as the DWI's and reckless," explained APD Commander of Highway Enforcement Patrick South.
This is an infamous year for the record books in Austin. APD says traffic fatalities are up. Officers responded to 28 fatal crashes so far involving pedestrians.
The department launched a series of initiatives aimed to reduce pedestrian-related crashes. During those initiatives officers issued more than 3,000 tickets mostly for drivers failing to yield to pedestrians and pedestrians crossing outside a designated crosswalk.
Commander South says the department will continue to monitor pedestrian-related problem zones during the Home for the Holidays program.