SXSW and March events safety tips from APD


APD reminds everyone to stay safe this SXSW.  Check out their press release below.


  • Always park in a well-lit parking lot/area
  • Do not park in areas that say "No parking" 
  • Towing will be enforced in the Guadalupe Neighborhood area. The boundaries are East 7th-11th Streets from the west frontage of IH-35 to Navasota Street.
  • If your vehicle gets towed from a public street or alley you will need to call Southside Wrecker at (512) 441-7094 
  • If you get towed from a private parking lot, a sign will be posted at the entrance with the contact information for the towing company servicing that particular lot 
  • Only provide money to legitimate parking attendants. 
Street Closures

Buddy System

  • It is always important to use the buddy system; if you are with a group of friends try your best to stay with your group
  •  If for some reason you get separated from your group, designate a meeting location 
  • Sometimes cell phones do not work due to high usage in one area, so have a backup plan. 
  • Designate a driver!  It is not worth getting behind the wheel drunk.  You are putting your own life and innocent lives at risk. 
Protecting your valuables

  • If you are staying in a hotel, it is important for you to put all your major valuables such as computers, electronics, jewelry, etc. in a secure area 

  • Stay off the road when possible – use sidewalks and crosswalks when available
  • Monitor the traffic around you so you can assess the risks you face
  • Never assume that because you can see vehicles they can see you
  • Eliminate distractions such as cell phones and electronics
  • Wear reflective clothing when walking at night and walk in well-lit areas 

  • Always check over your shoulder and signal your intentions, even when just changing position in a lane
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks – Never assume that because you can see vehicles, they can see you
  • Obey the same traffic laws as vehicles 

  • Don't drive distracted
  • Don't text and drive
  • Slow down, especially in areas with a lot of pedestrian traffic
  • Share the road with pedestrians, cyclists and other road users
  • Check mirrors and blind spots for bicycles and pedestrians before turning, changing lanes or opening car doors
  • When passing a cyclist, reduce speed and give plenty of space
  • Always signal your turns
Drive sober
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