Police Identify Three Most Dangerous Areas for Pedestrians in Wilmington, North Carolina
WILMINGTON, NC. – According to an online news report posted at wect.com, police officers have identified the three most dangerous areas for pedestrians in Wilmington, North Carolina. Numerous pedestrian accidents occur in the city, and officers have found that accidents occur in higher numbers in certain areas.*
The Wilmington Police Department reports that more than 150 pedestrian accidents occurred in the city from January 23, 2016, to April 15, 2019. In the first four months of 2019, a total of 15 pedestrians were involved in traffic accidents in Wilmington.
According to the Wilmington Police Department, the most pedestrian accidents in the city happen at these three locations:
- By the Walmart on Market Street;
- By Sam’s Club and Dick’s Sporting Goods at UNCW; and
- By Legion Stadium on Carolina Beach Road
Cpl. Adam Schwartzel said that 31 pedestrian accidents occurred on Market Street near the Walmart, eight pedestrian accidents occurred on Carolina Beach Road, and six pedestrian accidents occurred near Sam’s and Dick’s.
“It’s a lot of foot traffic, major roads, and very few intersections that have crosswalks close by,” said Schwartzel. “It’s pretty year round. When it gets really cold, [pedestrian accidents] slow down a little bit, but as long as it’s warm in the evening, we have pedestrian wrecks.”
Schwartzel said that pedestrians and drivers needed to slow down and remove distractions in order to reduce these kinds of accidents.
“If everybody was just a little patient – moved down to the intersection, moved down to the crosswalk, and drivers paid attention that there are people that are going to cross where they’re not supposed to,” he said. “We all need to be diligent and make sure we’re looking out for them.”
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