AUSTIN, Texas -- Friends and family of traffic death victims are calling for change.
They marched from Austin City Hall to the State Capitol Sunday evening as part of the World Day of Remembrance. For many, the walk was personal.
They lost a spouse or child to a traffic fatality; some just in the past few months.
"I've not just lost Andrew; I've lost my entire family," said Shellie Orashiba.
Her partner was Andrew Tilin; he was killed along Ranch Road 620 near Mansfield Dam February 17, 2018. He was changing a flat tire on his bicycle.
"The driver was driving on faulty tires and too fast because she was late for work," Orashiba said. "[The driver] got a ticket for failing to control her speed."
Organizers of the rally want local and state leaders to work toward ending traffic deaths within five years. In 2017, 3,721 people died on Texas roadways. That was down 1.92% from 2016, according to the Texas Department of Transportation.
Austin leaders set a goal of ending traffic deaths by 2025 through an initiative called Vision Zero.
"The first thing we need the State of Texas to do is to say we are going to stop this," said Jay Blazek-Crossley, an advocate for safer transportation infrastructure.
Advocates say they want the state to allow cities to have more control over speed limits and road widths in their communities. They also want to see improved bike and pedestrian infrastructure in urban areas.