TxDOT's "Drive Friendly, Drive Safe" campaign

Published: Aug. 13, 2012 at 11:14 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2012 at 3:52 PM CDT
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Back to school is almost here for students in our area, meaning many will be out walking and riding their bikes to class.

"Drive Friendly, Drive Safe" is the campaign by TxDOT to remind drivers of road safety. Last year more than 415 pedestrian deaths occurred in Texas.

With more students on the road starting next week, drivers need to be more cautious.

Traffic safety specialist for TxDOT, Tracy Tellman, says pedestrians and bicyclist can be anywhere at any time. She reminds drivers to watch for pedestrians and bicyclist in crosswalks and bike lanes as they might not be seen.

"We know pedestrians and bicyclist, the fatalities have gone up the last couple of years. We want to avoid that happening here in Amarillo and anywhere in the state," Tellman says.

Several women I spoke with today say even when picking up their kids at school, they have to be more aware. Mother of 2 Nikki Bostock says she has had a close call, and teaches her children how to safely cross the road.

TxDOT says being aware of your surroundings and slowing down are the most effective ways to reduce the potential for accidents.