AUSTIN – A record breaking number of pedestrian and cyclists deaths in Austin this year has gotten the attention of Austin’s top cop.
Twenty eight people have been killed either while walking or riding their bicycles this year. A third of those cases were hit-and-runs.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told KVUE News that he is now directing his officers to write more citations than warnings when they see traffic violations.
“I'm encouraging them to issue the citation rather than the warning because clearly people aren't getting it here in the city of Austin. We need to stop killing one another on our roadways,”
In 2012, the city of Austin has seen 74 traffic fatalities which the chief said is not a record number but higher than what the city saw last year.
“What we need to do is number one be responsible for our own behavior, our own driving, our own riding. We have to be defensive in terms of the way we ride our bikes and the way that we drive cars”, Acevedo said.
Acevedo also said officers have written fewer traffic citations this year because they were spread so thin from all of the city’s special events.