Pedestrian Accidents Increasing in Georgia, South Carolina
GEORGIA – October 3, 2018 (wsav.com) According to an online news report from wsav.com, pedestrian accidents have been increasing in Georgia and South Carolina. In most of these incidents, pedestrians are to blame.*
The National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) conducted a special investigative report indicating that accidents involving pedestrians have been on the rise. In Georgia, fatal pedestrian crashes have increased by more than 10 each year. In South Carolina, fatal crashes have increased by more than six each year. Most of the victims in the two states are between the ages of 50 and 54, and most involve local residents, rather than tourists, according to NTSB.
Officer with the Savannah Police Department say many of these accidents arise because pedestrians are distracted while they are walking. They might be looking at their phones instead of watching the sidewalk or looking at the road before crossing. Savannah Police estimate about 85 percent of pedestrian accidents are the fault of the pedestrians.
“Pedestrians are not crossing where they’re supposed to or when they’re supposed to,” said Officer Robie Walp with Savannah Police. “They’re crossing mid-block when they’re supposed to be crossing at an intersection. They’re crossing outside of a crosswalk when a crosswalk is available, or they’re just not following the pedestrian crossing signal.”
However, Walp says, drivers also need to do their part to avoid these types of crashes. Driver should check street corners and keep an eye out for jaywalkers, he said.
On October 1, Terrell Narcisse was struck and killed by a vehicle in Savannah while he was attempting to cross Liberty Street at Montgomery Street. Police are still investigating the incident.
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