ISP urges drivers to drive safely near crash scenes | News
(KFVS) - Illinois State Police officials are warning drivers to be vigilant in observing stranded vehicles and pedestrians near crash scenes to avoid unnecessary fatal accidents.
Pedestrians make up over 13 percent of car crash deaths. Pedestrians on the roadway pose an even greater risk to themselves and oncoming traffic. Drivers and pedestrians are both responsible for traffic safety and drivers should always be prepared to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
In 2011, ISP says 4,978 pedestrians were involved in crashes. Three out of four interstate pedestrian fatalities occur after dark. Police say in many cases, drivers do not see the pedestrian until the pedestrian is in front of the vehicle with no time to react or apply the brakes. Most of the pedestrian related crashes involve a pedestrian running in front of a vehicle, crossing the expressway, crossing the expressway while intoxicated, and not wearing safety reflective clothing.
According to ISP, pedestrians should always:
- Walk on the outside edge of the road (passengers side) as far away from the roadway
- In two-way traffic, pedestrians should walk facing oncoming traffic
- If walking at night, increase visibility by carrying a flashlight or wearing a reflective clothing
- If your vehicle is stalled, attempt to call for assistance prior to walking on the Interstate
Police say drivers can help prevent pedestrian related crashes by reducing speed, moving to an alternate lane and being aware of their surroundings. They say behaviors cause about half of all pedestrian-vehicle. Drivers must always remain alert and remember that stranded motorists and pedestrians may be on the roads.
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