Pedestrian Killed in Crash on Highway 17 in Savannah, Georgia
Savannah, GA- Wsav.com writes that a crash killed a pedestrian on Highway 17 earlier this week in Chatham County, Georgia. Officials are still investigating the accident and have not yet released the details regarding the cause of the crash or the identity of the victim.*
A pedestrian’s right-of-way is not always well-understood in Georgia, and many drivers violate the law when it comes to pedestrians. In 1995, the state changed its laws requiring drivers who encounter a pedestrian in a crosswalk to “stop and stay stopped” while that person is crossing the roadway. This means that is even when there is room for the driver to maneuver around the person in the road, the driver must remain stopped.
Many pedestrian crashes occur while vehicles are turning. When a car is turning, even on a green light, pedestrians have the right-of-way, and drivers must stop. However, pedestrians should always exercise extreme caution when crossing the street, as to avoid inattentive drivers.
It is essential for drivers to understand the laws as they relate to pedestrians. Following the traffic laws will not only help drivers avoid tickets, but it will also potentially save people’s lives.
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Sources:https://www.wsav.com/news/local-news/highway-17-crash-claims-life-of-pedestrian/ and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/campaigns/pedestrian-safety/pedestrian-safety/what-the-ga-codes-says-about-pedestrians/
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