The Drive Safe Helotes campaign is designed to promote awareness of safe driving practices. Each week, a new message will be shared on the City website and social media. Visit this webpage often from January 13 thru March 17, 2021 to learn more about safe driving practices.
All drivers have a personal responsibility to obey traffic laws and drive smart to help make our roads safer for everyone. Together, we can ensure a safer community and save lives. Please join us today, in making a pledge to Drive Safe Helotes.
Obey Speed Limits
Did you know that residential streets within the City limits of Helotes have a speed limit of 30 MPH? It is true! Many of the side streets and neighborhood roads within Helotes have a 30 MPH speed limit. To learn more about speed limits within the City, review the Helotes Code of Ordinances.
Special attention is required when driving through a school zone. Remember that school zones are 20 MPH and cell phone use is prohibited. Drivers should slow down and look twice when driving near schools. Children are commonly exiting cars or buses to enter the school.
Speeding can be deadly. Ensure you know the speed limit of the roads where you travel and obey those limits, so you and others arrive to their destination safely.
It Can Wait
Texting while driving changes lives and, often, the changes are catastrophic. Studies show that taking your eyes off the road for mere seconds can have deadly consequences.
In recent years, Bexar County had more crashes from distracted driving than any other county in the state. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers interacting with cell phones to perform tasks like texting or using the internet were two to eight times more likely to be involved in a crash. Furthermore, an alarming 59 percent of all teen crashes involved some form of driver inattention and 12 percent of teen crashes involved cell phone use.
It can wait Helotes. Put the cell phone away while driving to ensure that you arrive to your intended destination safely.
Kids At Play
Helotes is a family community. The City takes pride in being a safe and active place for families to live and play. It is not uncommon to see kids at play in Helotes. Remember, City of Helotes residential streets have a 30 MPH speed limit, and the limit decreases to 20 MPH in school zones. Slow down and look twice when children are outside.
Help Us Help You
Did you know? In Texas, it is the law to yield to police, fire, and emergency vehicles. Drivers shall move over or slow down when approaching first responders on the road. Motorist shall move out of the lane closest to the emergency vehicle or reduce speed to 20 miles per hour below the posted limit. When you move over or slow down, you are helping first responders reach their destination safer and more quickly. In 2013, this protection was extended to TxDOT workers too. The next time you see TxDOT workers on the road, remember to give them room to safely work—move over or slow down.
Seat belts are designed to protect us inside our vehicles during a crash and they work! Studies show that wearing a seat belt reduces the chances of dying in a car accident by 45 percent for front seat passengers. Seat belts help ensure that riders are not thrown into the impact of a forceful airbag. Airbags are designed to work with seat belts, not without them. (Source: texasclickitorticket.com)
When it comes to children, nearly 60 percent of kids are not buckled correctly. It is very important that children are using the appropriate safety seat for their age, height, and weight to be most effective. Furthermore, the child’s seat must be installed correctly. Click here to find a free safety seat check in your area. (Source: savemewithaseat.org)
Don’t Drink and Drive
Spring break is just around the corner and, unfortunately, this time of year is dangerous on Texas roads. Each year many young lives are ended much too soon because of the decision to drink and drive. In 2019, there were 444 crashes involving young drivers under the influence of alcohol. Those accidents killed 11 people and seriously hurt 37 others. Keep your friends safe – it is simple – friends don’t let friends drink and drive. (Source: Txdot.gov)
Young people aren’t the only ones impacted. Across the U.S. nearly 30 people die each day in drunk driving crashes – that’s one person every 50 minutes! Don’t be a statistic. It is a fact that drinking affects a person’s ability to drive. Designate a sober driver or call a ride share service but don’t drive after you’ve been drinking. It’s a dangerous risk for you and everyone else on the road with you. (Source: NHTSA.gov)
Turn Around Don’t Drown
Flooding can happen quickly and without a lot of advanced notice. It is important to obey all road signs, barricades, or flood gates to protect you and family. It only takes about 12 inches of water on the road to sweep away a vehicle. If flood gates or barricades are active, then it means that road or area is not safe for travel. Anytime you see water on the road, don’t chance it. Turn around, don’t drown.
Click here to see a PSA featuring Matt Hawk.
Focus on the Road
Distracted driving can take many forms, but common distractions are cell phone use, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, and using your vehicle’s radio or navigation system. No matter what you are doing, if you take your eyes and your focus off the road it’s important to remember that mere seconds can have tragic consequences. Taking your eyes off the road for 5 seconds at 55 mph is like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed!
It’s simply not worth the risk Helotes. Focus on the road when you are behind the wheel. Do it for yourself, your passengers, your family, and your friends on the road.
Learn more at nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving.
Share the Road
Bicyclists and motorcyclists have equal rights and responsibilities to vehicles on the road. All must obey traffic laws, respect others, and be safe. Vehicles should remember to pass two-wheel motorist with care and allow, at least, three feet between your vehicle and the other motorist.
A bicycle is a vehicle. Bicyclists may legally use the travel lane when passing another vehicle, preparing for a left turn at an intersection, or avoiding unsafe conditions such as a parked vehicle.
It’s important for all motorist on the road to focus on the road and avoid distractions. Obey all traffic laws and be respectful of others on the road. It doesn’t matter if you travel on two wheels or four wheels – there is one road for everyone. Learn more at sharetheroadtexas.org.
Look Before You Lock
It is a tragedy that none of us want to imagine could happen to our family. An average of 38 children have died in hot cars each year in the United States since 1998. Temperatures can rise quickly in locked vehicles, even if the weather seems cool outside. It is estimated that a vehicle can heat up 20 degrees in only 10 minutes. Furthermore, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach 110 degrees when it is only in the 60’s outside. (Source: wheresbaby.org)
The Look Before You Lock campaign encourages caregivers to check the back seat before exiting a vehicle. It is also suggested that the adult leave something they will need when they arrive at their destination in the back seat, such as a purse or a shoe, so they are forced to check the back seat before exiting.
If you see a child alone in a locked vehicle, call 911. No matter what the temperature is outside, leaving children alone in locked vehicles is never safe.
Talk, Text, Crash (TxDOT)
Distracted Driving (TxDOT)