Over the last few days, there have been four incidents where pedestrians have been struck while crossing the road. In two of the cases, the driver was ticketed for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and in one case it was determined that the pedestrian didn’t give the vehicle a chance to stop before entering into the roadway. The fourth incident is still under investigation.
At this time of year, there is an increase in vehicle and pedestrian traffic, with many people focused on the holidays. When you combine that with seasonal weather and other distractions, it creates a situation where these types of incidents can occur.
Motorists and pedestrians alike are asked to do their part to prevent these incidents from happening.
Drivers should watch for people attempting to cross the road and yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Pedestrians should cross at designated crosswalks, activate overhead crossing signals where available, make eye contact with drivers and wait until the vehicle stops before crossing.
It is incumbent on both motorists and pedestrians to respect each other, and for everyone to do their part to keep our roads safe.