With a new year started and an old one in the rear-view mirror, it's time to take both a look ahead and a look back. Harris County Vehicular Crimes Prosecutor Sean Teare recently provided data that helps us look back at the last few days of 2018.
As they always do, the laws of physics prevailed in a recent collision in north Houston. The Harris County Sheriff's Office reported that a Ford Mustang collided head-on with an 18-wheeler on the North Freeway northbound near Spring-Stuebner Road shortly before three in the morning.
The carnage on Houston streets is so common that it often gets little more than a nod from area news outlets. A recent example can be found in the recent deadly crash on the city's northeast side. A man was killed after a vehicle came to a stop on top of him, and other people in the multiple-vehicle collision were lying injured on the street.
Here in Houston, we have a selection of world-class hospitals and emergency medical facilities. When motor vehicle accidents involving serious injuries occur, skilled health care professionals with the best available equipment are just moments away.
Who is more likely to drive while distracted: older residents of Houston or younger ones? The answer, according to a recent Harris poll, lies somewhere in between. As it turns out, members of Generation X are the most likely to use their phones while behind the wheel – even more than younger generations (Millennials and Generation Z).
Summer is winding down and the new school year is descending upon Houston public school students and kids across the state whether they like it or not (let’s hope they’re looking forward to it). With millions of students restarting school, AAA Texas wants to remind everyone that distracted driving accidents are on the rise and causing injuries and deaths in far too many communities.
There are many obstacles in the way of Houston pedestrians, including the withering heat of summer. The most dangerous aspect of walking around the city is, of course, the traffic. Far too often, Houston pedestrians are struck by vehicles piloted by drivers not paying sufficient attention.
There is nothing and no one more important to a parent than their child – unless, perhaps, it’s their phone. According to new research, about half of parents of children ages 4 to 10 talked on their phone while driving with their children in the vehicle. The study also found that about one in three parents reads text messages with kids in the car and approximately one in seven uses social media.
If you drive north of Houston for about four hours, you will come to Richardson. The comfortable Dallas suburb is the hometown of Jensen Ackles, star of the CW's "Supernatural" series. The actor recently teamed up with the Texas Department of Transportation to shoot a public service announcement about the dangers of distracted driving.
It’s not the handling, braking or the way the paint job looks at night. It’s not the rims or storage space or the amount of room available for knees in the back seat. No, the feature that aggravates and frustrates new-car owners more than any other is the infotainment system.