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For immediate release:
June 11, 2014
Contact:  Public Information Office, (512) 974-5017

APD announces Arrive Alive Traffic Safety Initiative for R.O.T. Rally

The Austin Police Department, along with 21 other area law enforcement agencies, will conduct an Arrive Alive Central Texas traffic safety initiative for the Republic of Texas (R.O.T.) Bike Rally. It will run from 6 a.m. Thursday, June 12, 2014 to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014.
Reminder: the Austin Police Department will also be conducting a No Refusal Initiative for R.O.T. Rally. It will run from 9 p.m. Friday, June 13, 2014 to 5 a.m. Sunday, June 15, 2014.
During the 2013 R.O.T. Rally weekend, 254 crashes occurred in Austin, resulting in three deaths and 54 minor injuries. During the same operational period, 126 people were arrested area-wide for DWI, 50 of which were within Austin city limits.

APD is focused on saving lives on the streets and highways of Austin and making Austin roadways safe for everyone through education and enforcement. The R.O.T. Rally traffic safety event is the second in a series of initiatives for Arrive Alive Central Texas this year.

In 2013, Austin area law enforcement agencies created Arrive Alive Central Texas after our communities experienced a sharp increase in the number of traffic related fatalities in 2012.  A comparison of statistics for 2012 compared to 2011 showed a 47 percent increase in the number of deaths of motorists and pedestrians. Some of the most significant factors which contributed to these preventable deaths included driver/pedestrian impairment, excessive speed and aggressive driving.
Through the collaborative partnership, area law enforcement agencies have successfully reduced the number of serious injury and fatal crashes by four percent in 2013.

The combined efforts over the next year are focused toward continuing this reduction while achieving long term, positive solutions aimed at changing the culture of hazardous driving behavior in our community, making the greater Austin area a safer place to live and visit.
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