Contact: April Alcoser Luna, 207-8026, firstname.lastname@example.org
Flor Salas, 207-1011, email@example.com
SAN ANTONIO (May 1, 2017) – On January 25, 2017 the City launched the Don’t Block the Box pilot program. The pilot program is a measure that complements Vision Zero. Vision Zero is an initiative with the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Beginning today, the San Antonio Police Department will begin enforcement of each of the ten pilot program intersections. Enforcement of each intersection as part of the pilot program will last throughout the month of May.
TCI posted signage reminding drivers not to block the box in January. Blocking the box means that a vehicle has stopped in the intersection and prevents or blocks other people driving, walking, or biking from being able to cross the road. Blocking the box is not safe. It is illegal and causes traffic congestion. When a driver enters an intersection and is unable to travel all the way through, the driver stops traffic, and endangers people walking by blocking crosswalks.
An intersection in each City Council district is included in the pilot program.
District 1: Euclid at San Pedro
District 2: Houston at W.W. White
District 3: Logwood at S.W. Military
District 4: Springvale at Valley-Hi
District 5: Commerce at Zarzamora
District 6: Culebra at Westwood Loop
District 7: Fredericksburg at Woodlake
District 8: Huebner at Fredericksburg
District 9: Silversands at West
District 10: Bulverde at Autry Pond – Classen Rd
The pilot program will be evaluated for approximately six months. During this time, City staff will measure effectiveness by tracking occurrences when intersections are illegally blocked.