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Keep everyone safe on i30 press release - copy


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Keep everyone safe on i30 press release - copy

  1. 1. Media Advisory Press Contact: Kai Stansberry (817) 875-6117TARRANT COUNTY HOMELESS COALITION CAUTIONS: CARS AND CONGESTION COMING Keep Everyone Safe By Driving CautiouslyMarch 31, 2011 (Fort Worth) – As drivers seek to find alternate routes to avoid congestion on Interstate 30 West due tolane closures from the Tanker accident on Monday, March 28th, the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) remindsmotorists to be aware of pedestrian activity and traffic congestion in and around East Lancaster Blvd/180.Since the 3/28 fatal accident, there has been a significant increase in traffic on East Lancaster Blvd. TCHC urges driversto be especially cautious and alert during the morning, lunch, and after-work hours.Many disabled homeless individuals in search of social services and shelter are often crossing the street on East LancasterBlvd. Unfortunately, drivers are not always mindful of speed limits and traffic safety – especially if they are unfamiliarwith the area. Motorists are reminded to be extra alert, slow down and observe lower speed limits, as homelessindividuals gather at bus stops or are walking across pedestrian cross walks.“Keeping our homeless and disabled population safe, especially crossing busy streets and intersections, is a community-wide priority,” said Cindy J. Crain, executive director of TCHC. “By reinforcing safety messages in a proactive way, wecan help to make our streets safer for everyone.”The City of Fort Worth has responded to requests by homeless service providers to step up enforcement of speed limitsand crosswalk violations in the coming days.About Tarrant County Homeless CoalitionThe Tarrant County Homeless Coalition (TCHC) is a not-for-profit, 501c(3) organization formed in 1989 to provideleadership to prevent and end homelessness in Tarrant County. TCHC plans, funds and administers programs that assisthomeless individuals and families in their transition from homelessness to housing. TCHC is the lead agency in the HUD-funded Fort Worth/Arlington/Tarrant County Continuum of Care for programs providing shelter, housing and services tohomeless persons.For more information, please visit: ###