Pedestrian Crash Sends Two Teens to Hospital in Warner Robins, Georgia
WARNER ROBINS, GA- 13wmaz.com writes that two teenagers pushing a shopping cart across the street in Warner Robins overnight when a car struck them from behind. Reports indicate that the seventeen-year-old boy and fifteen-year-old girl were in Booth Road near its intersection with Wellborn Road when they were struck by a Ford Taurus.*
The twenty-year-old was heading eastbound at the time of the incident. Early reports indicate that alcohol and speed are not believed to have been a factor in the incident. Both of the victims sustained severe injuries in the collision. The Warner Robins Police Traffic Division is now investigating the crash.
Georgia has been taking steps to improve traffic safety on its roads. Officials believe that the hands-free law implemented in 2018 is helping to reduce the number of traffic fatalities in the state. While vehicle occupants are dying less frequently in Georgia, and nationally as well, both the state and the country continue to see rising numbers of fatal pedestrian incidents.
The majority of deadly pedestrian crashes take place at night when drivers have limited visibility. Headlights are not particularly effective at showing when people are in or near the road. In many cases, drivers will be too close to stop by the time that their headlights give them a clear view of people in the road. Streetlights may help the issue by providing additional lighting. Slowing down can greatly reduce the risk of a pedestrian crash, but can also make any crashes that do occur less likely to be fatal. Many safety advocates recommend lowering speed limits in places with a lot of foot traffic. Slowing traffic may be one of the best ways to help reduce the number of deadly pedestrian incidents that are happening more frequently around the country.
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Sources:https://www.13wmaz.com/article/news/local/two-warner-robins-teens-hospitalized-after-being-hit-by-car/93-07f3fee2-87b1-4a8c-bc0e-b004c4bf4556 and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety and https://www.meaforensic.com/pedestrian-visibility-in-night-time-impacts/ and https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1127572/
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