TxDOT goal: No traffic deaths by 2050

Texas Department of Transportation officials have set a goal of eliminating traffic deaths statewide by 2050, with a midpoint goal of reducing deaths by half by 2035. With 3,641 traffic deaths statewide in 2018, nearly 10 per day, deaths would have to drop by about 120 annually to meet those goals. The last day without... Read More »

Austin Traffic Deaths up 30%

Traffic deaths in Austin are up 30% compared with this time in 2018, and Austin police are urging drivers and pedestrians to use caution going into the summer months, when traffic fatalities usually increase. Thirty people have been killed on Austin roads so far this year, an increase from 23 traffic fatalities by the same... Read More »

Bus driver who fatally struck cyclist possibly impaired

A Capital Metro bus driver who struck and killed a cyclist on the University of Texas campus last month was driving erratically and might have been impaired at the time of the crash. According to a search warrant filed in court on Feb. 15, the driver, 40-year-old Mindi Taylor Stafford, failed part of a field... Read More »

Pedestrian deaths reached record levels in 2018

Pedestrian deaths reached record levels in 2018

Pedestrian deaths reached record levels in 2018

Pedestrians made up 42 percent of all traffic deaths in Austin last year — the largest proportion in recent years, according to available police data — and more pedestrians died on Interstate 35 than on any other road in the city according to an analysis by the American-Statesman. In 2018, the city saw 74 traffic... Read More »

First Scooter Death in Austin

First Scooter Death in Austin

First Scooter Death in Austin

A 21-year-old who was riding a Lime scooter when he collided with an Uber vehicle near Sixth Street last week has died, becoming the city’s first traffic death involving an electric stand-up scooter since the devices began popping up in April, according to Dell Seton Medical Center officials and Austin police. The scooter rider, identified... Read More »

U.S. 290 Fatal Semi Crash

3 killed in crash with semi on U.S. 290 Three people were killed Tuesday morning in a collision on U.S. 290 at the intersection with Roy Davis Road, just east of Elgin, authorities said. According to a preliminary investigation by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Chevy Tahoe carrying three people crashed into a... Read More »

Party boat erupts into ‘flash fire’

Three people were hospitalized with burn injuries Saturday night after a fire erupted in a rented party at on Lake Travis, accord to Lake Travis Fire and Rescue. Nine people on board had docked the rented boat on Starnes Island when the boat’s power generator began malfunctioning, a fire official said. A man began working on... Read More »

Austin Traffic Deaths Down in 2017

On Austin roads last year the number of traffic deaths in 2017 fell to 76.  This was the second consecutive year in which there was a decrease, from 79 in 2016, following a record-setting spike in 2015, when 102 people died. Although several of the crashes in 2017 had multiple victims, the total number of... Read More »

3 Crashes Kill 4 in Central Texas in 12-hour Period

Four people were killed in auto accidents within a 12-hour period ending Friday morning in three unrelated crashes in Central Texas. The first traffic death occurred about 8:45 p.m. Thursday in Kyle on the Interstate 35 frontage road at the Kyle Parkway intersection. Police said the driver, 52-year-old Daniel Adrian Gonzalez of Austin, was heading... Read More »

Mother, 2 children injured after drunken driving crash

A driver has been charged with intoxication assault after police say he collided with another car while drunk on Sunday, injuring a woman and two children, according to an arrest affidavit. At 9:22 p.m. Austin police got a call about a car driving westbound on Texas 71 that was speeding and had run a red... Read More »