Port Wentworth Police Car Strikes Child
PORT WENTWORTH, GA- Wtoc.com writes that a police officer struck a child on a bike over the weekend. The Port Wentworth officer was traveling east on Armadale Road, and the child was biking on Turnberry Street.*
Reports indicate that the car struck the child at the intersection. The victim suffered injuries in the crash and was transported to the hospital. Police stated that the officer was not speeding and that the incident was recorded. The Georgia State Police Department is carrying out the investigation into the incident.
Cycling accidents are increasing in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of cyclists killed in 2018 over six percent higher than the number killed in 2017. While overall traffic fatalities are on the decline, cyclists and pedestrians are more likely to be killed each year.
The NHTSA writes that cyclists should exercise caution when biking around traffic. Cyclists are obligated to follow all of the same rules of the road that cars must follow, including stopping at stop signs and red lights. Also, like drivers, cyclists should avoid distractions while biking. The NHTSA says never to text while riding and avoid using headphones. Any activity that takes a cyclist’s attention away from the road will ultimately put that person in danger.
While cyclists should exercise caution, drivers must be careful when traveling near bikes. Cyclists have a right to use the road, and drivers should give cyclists space. Passing too close to a bike will put that person at risk. Driving more slowly can help motorists prevent collisions and reduce the risk of a crash being severe.
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Sources:https://www.wtoc.com/2020/02/24/child-bike-hit-by-port-wentworth-police-officer/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/traffic-deaths-2018 and https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicycle-safety
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