Police Car Strikes Pedestrian in Savannah, Georgia
SAVANNAH, GA- Wtoc.com writes that a police vehicle struck a pedestrian in a crash overnight in Savannah. The officer was driving westbound on Broughton Street and collided with the man at the intersection with Whitaker Street. The identity of the victim has not yet been released, nor have reports indicated the severity of the man’s injuries. *
Pedestrian crashes are on the rise in Georgia and nationally as well. These crashes are increasing even as people inside cars are becoming progressively safer. In Georgia, the state has managed to reduce the number of people killed in vehicle crashes in 2018, possibly indicating that the state’s hands-free law is helping to make the roads safer. Sadly, pedestrian fatalities increased in the same time period suggesting that serious problems still exist when it comes to the state’s road safety.
The same trend can be seen throughout the country where overall vehicle deaths are dropping, but people walking or cycling are at ever-greater risk of dying in a crash with a motor vehicle. A large part of the problem is SUVs, which created a heightened risk of death for pedestrians as compared to sedans. Other problems are causing the rise as well, including distractions. Not only are drivers distracted, but pedestrians are too, leading to a greater chance of a crash occurring.
Efforts to make pedestrians safer will likely include a variety of methods. Law enforcement efforts to cut down on distracted driving are part of the picture, but better-designed crosswalks and intersections will also be needed to prevent these tragic crashes. Improving vehicle technology may also help drivers avoid striking people by alerting the motorist when a person is nearby. In Oslo, Norway, the city recently reported that they did not experience a single pedestrian or cyclist fatality in 2019. Given the fact that Oslo is a large city, the successful methods used there should be examined to determine whether they might be used in American cities as well.
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Sources:https://www.wtoc.com/2020/02/21/savannah-police-car-involved-crash-with-pedestrian/ and https://www.nhtsa.gov/traffic-deaths-2018 and https://www.gahighwaysafety.org/research/ and https://usa.streetsblog.org/2020/01/03/vision-zero-norwegian-capital-completely-quashes-road-deaths/
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