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Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
News Release
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

200 Reasons Drivers Should Obey Traffic Laws Near METRORail

METRO police have a message for area drivers; start paying attention to traffic signs along the METRORail or get ready to pay up. A jump in illegal left turns prompted a focused traffic enforcement campaign.

More than half of METRORail accidents involve cars illegally turning left and running red lights. The intersection of Fannin at Dryden in the Texas Medical Center was the site of the most accidents involving illegal left turns last year.

For now, METRO Police are educating traffic offenders and giving out warnings, but soon officers will begin writing tickets with fines as high as $200.

“This enforcement is designed to get drivers’ attention. They should stay alert and watch for trains and pedestrians while traveling along METRORail corridors,” said METRO Police Chief Vera Bumpers.  “This campaign is all about improving safety for pedestrians, drivers, and rail operators.”  

Illegal Left Turn

Surveillance footage shows examples of cars turning left properly and illegally. 

Click here to play video. 

In the Medical Center left turns are allowed, but only at designated intersections.  Below is an example of making a left turn from the trackway. (Click map to expand.)

TMC Safety


Click to Expand Map

To read more about METRO's recommendations to motorists on how to navigate through the Texas Medical Center, click here.

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