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December 4, 2020

10/22/2020 9:16:00 AM
Pedestrian fatalities on pace to top 2019 totals

COVID-19 has seen an increase in individuals and families being outdoors.
As folks are out bicycling, running, skating, scooting and walking, it's important for not just motorists, but everyone, to stay attentive. One bad choice, or a motorist's one bad decision, can cause accidents and crashes with potential horrific outcomes.
Pedestrian fatalities are on pace this year to top the 2019 numbers, 364 fatalities. As of Oct. 7, there were 34 pedestrian, 54 motorcycle and 8 bicyclist deaths. By driving and walking safely and smart, we can reduce pedestrian fatalities.
Driving smart when pedestrians are around means doing the following things:
• Stop at every crosswalk and intersection for pedestrians trying to cross.
• Park the phone and put the distractions away.
• Look both directions for pedestrians before making a turn where people might be walking.
• Drive sober.
Walking smart means doing these things:
• Only cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections and obeying traffic signals.
• Make eye contact with drivers and ensure they see you and will stop.
• Clearly show your intentions to cross.
• Watch for turning and passing vehicles.
• Stay off your phone while crossing the street to avoid distractions.
• Use sidewalks where provided.
By following a few simple rules of the road, we can get everyone home safely at the end of the day.
     - Luke Ewald

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