Pedestrian Fatalities Up 15% in 2018 in Georgia
Savannah, GA- The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety reports that 138 pedestrians have died in 2018, according to WTOC.com as of August 2, 2018. That is a 15% increase from this time in 2017. The latest statistics indicate that 260 pedestrians died in crashes in 2017. While the statewide trend is disturbing, pedestrian fatalities in Savannah have remained constant at this juncture for the last few years.*
The Savannah Police Department's accident reconstruction teaminvestigated five fatal pedestrian accidents to this point in 2018. They reported that in four of those fatalities, the deceased pedestrian was not walking in a crosswalk. Shockingly, Savannah police accident investigators say that the pedestrianis almost always in the wrong when they are hit while walking outside of the crosswalk.
Savannah law enforcement officers are quick to offer a solution to the problem. They advise pedestrians to stay within the crosswalks, to look in both directions before proceeding across the street, and walk when the light permits you to proceed. Savannah police also advise walkers to stay off of their cell phones. Pedestrians, just like drivers, can be distracted by cell phone usage and walk in places that put them in harm's way.
Distracted driving contributes to the volume of pedestrian accidents. The city of Savannah has a small sample size, thankfully, for 2018. Law enforcement officers in the Atlanta metropolitan area have experienced a sharp rise in pedestrian deaths. They recognize that texting while driving is a significant problem but acknowledge that other factors contribute to the rising deaths.
Some other reasons police attribute to the rise in pedestrians are the size and speed of SUVs and trucks, pedestrians walking on busy arterial roads, and walking in darkened conditions. Pedestrian accidents also occur when people are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Finally, speeding can contribute to striking and killing a pedestrian.
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