Now that the new year is in full swing we want to remind you of a few ways you can still make a change for the better. With a record-breaking number of 102 fatalities reported on Austin streets by the end of 2015, we have developed a list of lifesaving resolutions that will not only save your life, but your wallet as well.
Get a Ride
Whether it’s after a night on the town or a boozy brunch with the girls, make one of your resolutions a commitment to find a sober ride home. This may seem like a no-brainer, but by mid-December of 2015 over 5,500 DWI arrests were made in Austin, and 11 fatalities due to intoxicated drivers were reported. This year let’s pledge to make the streets of Austin safer by utilizing the tools we have to find a safe ride home.
Otherwise known as click it or ticket. Not only will forgetting your seat belt earn you a hefty fine, it could also cost you your life. It has been shown that wearing a seat belt reduces your risk of injury or death in a car accident by about 55 percent. If you have a bad habit of ignoring this lifesaving device, or wearing it improperly, decide to make an effort to change this year.
Put the Phone Down
As discussed in our previous post, texting and driving has serious consequences. In 2015, Austin officially became a hands-free device city. Despite the threat of a $500 fine, the rise in fatal car accidents this year has led law enforcement officials to believe it has not been effective in swaying drivers from continuing to text and drive. We encourage those guilty of this distracted-driving practice to find a way to keep their thumbs on the wheel this new year.
By September of last year, 22 pedestrians had been killed in Austin traffic. Jaywalking on busy streets has proven to be risky business and law enforcement has dedicated to crack down on jaywalkers this year in order to keep them safe. So, if you want to avoid a ticket, make one of your lifesaving resolutions to quit playing Frogger on Austin roadways this year.
Speeding is one of the most common traffic violations committed by drivers. Unfortunately, it is also one of the top contributing factors in motor vehicle fatalities. Speeding increases the severity of a traffic incident in many ways: a speeding vehicle is more likely to lose control in an incident and makes avoiding an accident much more difficult than it could have otherwise been. If you suffer from a lead foot make your lifesaving resolution to slow down and obey speed limits set in place to keep you safe.
Of course, we want to keep everyone as safe as possible on the roadways this year, and hope that you take these lifesaving resolutions to heart. If you do find yourself in an incident on Austin roadways this year, contact Colley & Colley law firm in Austin, TX for a free consultation.