Traffic Tip: Look before opening vehicle doors in traffic

By David Brogger
Jan. 19, 2014 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 19, 2014 at 7:20 p.m.

Motorists must make sure the path is clear before opening their vehicle doors in traffic.

Why this specific code, and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

There is a common misconception that pedestrians always have the right of way on a roadway. This is not always true.

Recently, while driving in downtown Victoria, I saw many drivers opening the doors to their vehicles to exit without any regard to oncoming traffic.

I wanted to remind everyone that it is important to look before opening your door to make sure that it is safe to do so.

For more on this law, see the Texas Transportation Code 545.418.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website,, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700



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