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#1 2022-03-29 08:50:44

Darron
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21yo drunk driver kills pedestrian on sidewalk in Cedar Park (3/25/22)

Just near my house there has been one child per month hit walk/biking to school and yesterday we had our first death:  https://www.kxan.com/news/local/william … -arrested/

There might be more incidents but the data is not that great.  Looking at the TxDOT Crash Record Information System it appears 39% of pedestrian crashes and 24% of cyclist crashes do not have location data associated with them so it is difficult to pin point problem areas.  By comparison, less than 5% of vehicle crashes have no location data.  Does anyone know if this is typical for ped/cyclist crashes to have less location info?

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#2 2022-03-29 11:30:50

dougmc
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Re: 21yo drunk driver kills pedestrian on sidewalk in Cedar Park (3/25/22)

If that's what you've found in the TxDOT Crash Record Information System, well, I can't think of a more authoritative source for Texas-specific data, so ... it looks like you've answered your own question and it does seem to be typical.

For nationwide data FARS would be the source, and I suspect it's similar but I haven't actually checked.

Alas, from what I've seen the only way to even come close to ensuring that a crash is properly investigated [edit: and documented/recorded] is for somebody to die ... and even that doesn't always work.

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#3 2022-03-29 11:59:36

Darron
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Re: 21yo drunk driver kills pedestrian on sidewalk in Cedar Park (3/25/22)

Thanks Doug,  I dug into it a little more and our 39% with no location data (2012-2021) is on the high side.  State wide only 27% of ped crashes didn't have location data in 2021, Wilco is about the same at 27% for 2021.  Cedar Park is an outlier for Wilco with 89% no location data in 2021!

I plan on compiling a short presentation for city council to see if we can do a better job of recording this information with emphasis that we are the worst in recording this data in the area.  The TxDOT database also included fatalities which tell some interesting stories as well.  Countywide about 7% of ped crashes included a fatality, for vehicle crashes it is less than 1%.

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