Pedestrian Crashes Reach Five Year High in Spartanburg, South Carolina
SPARTANBURG COUNTY, SC- Goupstate.com writes that since 2015, 309 reported pedestrian crashes have taken place in Spartanburg County. Out of that total, 44 of the crashes ended in a fatality.*
In 2019, twelve pedestrians tragically died on the county roads, which is the most out of any year in the last five years.
The accidents are more common closer to the downtown area. Deadly crashes in the county tend to happen more often at night when a driver's view of the roadway is limited.
Most, if not all, of these accidents, are completely avoidable. Many of crashes involve pedestrians crossing in areas where they should not be and drivers who are distracted and not looking out for people on the road.
Police in the state are taking time to try to educate the public about the risks. Officers are warning pedestrians when they see them engage in risky behavior such as crossing the road outside of a crosswalk. Pedestrians should also remember that wearing bright-colored clothing will help drivers notice them in the roadway.
Motorists are a big part of the problem as well. Too many drivers are distracted by phones. The state enacted a ban on texting and driving in 2019 but it is unclear how many citations officers issued after the law went into effect. Texting and driving is not the only issue. Eating or putting on makeup while driving can also lead to disaster. Spartanburg city officials say that they also see drivers speed through crosswalks putting people at risk in the populated urban center. Keeping people safe will require more cautious drivers and pedestrians.
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