When you’ve been on the royal road for two years, you might be used to the crowds of drivers honking their horns and honking each other’s horns, but you might not know how to avoid one.
In Houston, a recent study found that the road is not the safest place to be on the road, with people jumping off the curb, hitting cars, and even attacking cyclists.
“The problem is not just on the streets, but on the roads, because people can go up to cars and people can hit people,” said Tony Spero, a professor at Houston’s Metropolitan College of Law.
The Royal Drive is one of the busiest in the US, and one of many highways that have recently seen traffic congestion, and it’s been dubbed a “bumper” by some residents.
People have posted on social media how they’ve been hit by cars, hit by people honking and hit by bikes.
“I think the most common way of reacting to that is to jump out and hit the guy,” said Robert Fagan, a Houston resident who has lived on the street for two decades.
Drivers, including the mayor, have expressed their frustration with the congestion on the stretch of road.
The Houston Police Department says they are taking the issue seriously, and have posted a video on Facebook to educate drivers on what to do.
“We want to educate people to be aware of this problem, and be aware that people are coming to the intersection of the road and the intersection and hitting vehicles,” said police spokesperson Officer Kasey Williams.
Fagan said it’s not just the people hitting cars and hitting cyclists, but also people jumping out of their cars and then jumping into the road.
“When I saw people jumping over, hitting a car and then trying to jump into the street, I thought, that’s a dangerous situation,” he said.
He said that he has seen people jump over the curb.
But he said he’s not surprised.
A similar problem has been on display in Houston for the last several months.
In January, a motorist died after hitting a vehicle in the street.
More recently, a cyclist was killed after hitting another car on the same road.
Police say they’re taking the situation seriously, but have yet to release any details about what might be causing the problem.