Pedestrians Can’t Be Fixed in a Body Shop

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It’s getting darker outside earlier now.

  • Do you walk across county streets?
  • Do you drive a car?
  • How about a bike?

Of course, you likely answered yes to one of these questions.

Unfortunately, pedestrian and bicycling safety can sometimes take a back seat. On Sunday, a pedestrian was killed in the Alexandria portion of our county. So far in 2015, there have been:

  • 9 pedestrians struck and killed on our roadways
  • 153 crashes involving pedestrians

Since 2012, there have been 400 pedestrian-related accidents.

“With shorter periods of daylight now, motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists need to be more cognizant of each other and share the road.”Police Captain Michael Grinnan

Everyone on the roads — pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers — can play a role to ensure a safer commuting ecosystem out there. Here’s what you can do:

 

Pedestrians

Pedestrians, you have a responsibility to make smart choices when walking:

pedestrain safety tips

 

Bicyclists

Bicyclists, please follow these tips to stay safe:

bicycle driving safety tips

 

Drivers

Drivers, in addition to avoiding texting while driving, keep these tips at the forefront of your mind:

driving safety tips

 

“Many crashes are preventable,” Grinnan said. “By using sidewalks for travel, crossing at a marked crosswalk or a controlled intersection, pedestrians could potentially help us to reduce the number of pedestrian-related crashes by as much as 40 percent. By focusing on distraction-free driving and being alert for pedestrians and bicyclists, drivers could potentially help us to reduce that number by approximately the same percentage.”


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