‘Preventable’: Fort Bend County sheriff urges caution as crashes with pedestrians see sharp increase in 2023
In the past month, 14-year-old Logan Dark was hit and killed by a driver while riding his bike near Katy. A 61-year-old man was hit and killed while walking his dog in Sugar Land. Fort Bend County sheriff Eric Fagan said tragedies like this are on the rise.
Should drivers trust pedestrian detection systems built in their cars?
Data gathered by AAA shows there’s still a lot of work that needs to be done to ensure this type of technology can actually save lives. Zuber continues by saying research also shows that this driver assistance technology disengaged with little notice to the driver. “These are not meant to be automated vehicles, and these advance driver assistance systems are not 100% reliable,” Zuber said. Most eye-opening of all, AAA’s research shows pedestrian detection systems are also not to be trusted because the emergency braking systems perform inconsistently. “Those pedestrian detection systems are not very reliable.
HPD: Pedestrian struck and killed on Westheimer Road
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle in west Houston Friday night. Shortly after 9:40 p.m. Friday, officers responded to reports of an auto-pedestrian accident on Wesheimer Road and Old Farm Road. The pedestrian, an adult man, did not utilize a crosswalk and crossed the road in a poorly lit area, according to the Houston Police Department. While crossing, the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle. Its the pedestrians responsibility to cross safely, to ensure that cars arent coming just like its the drivers responsibility to drive safely, to keep a look out.