Police Issue Safety Reminders After Pedestrian, Bicyclist Deaths in Savannah, GA
SAVANNAH, GA. – As reported online in a news story from wtoc.com, police in Savannah, Georgia, are issuing safety reminders following a string of pedestrian and bicyclist crashes in the city. Three such crashes occurred in just two days in January this year.*
During the last week of January 2019, three crashes involving pedestrians or bicyclists occurred in Savannah. On January 27, a vehicle struck and seriously injured a pedestrian at the intersection of White Bluff Road and Montgomery Cross Road. The next morning, on January 28, a vehicle crashed into a killed a bicyclist at Oglethorpe and Martin Luther King. And that night, a vehicle struck and injured a pedestrian on Abercorn and Idlewood Drive.
“We are very concerned because the last two, these individuals had on all dark clothing,” said Sgt. Torrance Garvin, with the Savannah Police Department.
Officers say pedestrians and cyclists can take steps to protect themselves, but motorists also need to practice safe driving.
“If you’re making a turn, and you have the green light, and they have the walk sign, give them the opportunity to get out of the crosswalk before you actually complete your turn,” Garvin said. “[T]he pedestrians do actually have the right-of-way in situations like that.”
Police in Savannah want the city to remain a friendly place for walking and biking, which requires everyone to use good judgment and pay attention. Particularly at night, police say pedestrians and bicyclists need to have reflective gear on and need to watch out for traffic.
“We all have to look out for one another,” Garvin said. “That’s for the pedestrian looking out for the vehicle and the vehicle looking out for the pedestrian. It’s all our responsibility to make sure we are safe throughout out community.”
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