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Clayton County Pedestrian Accidents Increasing

xJuly-04_CLAYTON COUNTY PEDClayton County is located in the north central portion of Georgia with a population of 267,542. The county itself is seeing a steady growth in population.

And with those numbers, there's an increase in traffic and the possibility of accidents.

Recent data, according to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, shows that in 2014 there were 12,397 total crashes, with 3,714 injuries and 21 deaths. In 2015, according to stats provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 25 deaths.

Among the factors for fatality resulting from car accidents were pedestrian deaths.

From 2011 to 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration discovered that 36 pedestrian deaths in Fulton County resulted from vehicle accidents.

NHTSA also reported that in 2015, pedestrian deaths saw a 10 percent increase. The number one cause for pedestrian fatalities?

Failure to yield right of way to pedestrians.

With that startling statistic in mind, here are some safety tips to remember when walking:

  • Whenever possible, cross the street at a designated crosswalk or intersection.
  • Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing reflection clothing.
  • It's safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if one is not available, walk on the shoulder and face traffic.
  • Avoid distractions, such as electronic devices that take your attention off the road.

And for drivers, please pay attention at all times!

  • Don't drive distracted.
  • Slow down when approaching a crosswalk.
  • And, always look both ways twice before crossing a roadway.

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