Friday, January 4, 2008
Don't Be a Victim: Pedestrians
Pedestrian deaths have increased dramatically in South Florida, but police say if people follow a few simple steps, it will help avoid more tragedies. Don't be a Victim. Here's Seven's Craig Stevens.
WSVN -- "A pickup truck veered into the sidewalk, striking a pedestrian."
A man was killed while walking out of this bakery.
Deaths are too many to mention, 5,000 a year according to the Department of Highway Safety. Statistics Officer Frank Jackson knows all too well.
Officer Frank Jackson of the Coral Gables Police: "Unfortunately, there are a lot of accidents we respond to where not only is there an individual who is struck by a vehicle, but, at the same time, to add insult to injury, they are at fault."
The rules may be simple but too many forget. Officer Jackson says the first one is ultimately the most important.
Officer Frank Jackson: "Use a crosswalk."
And, if possible, as far away from in-coming traffic as you can. Second, pay attention.
Officer Frank Jackson: "Another mistake that we see way too often is individuals talking on the cell phone and walking at the same time."
When crossing the street, walking and talking are definitely not recommended. Drinking and driving don't mix, but if you are going to be drinking, officer Jackson recommends not to walk long distances, the results can also be deadly.
Officer Frank Jackson: "Your reaction time has been slowed by the alcohol, your ability to judge distance, your ability to really be aware of your surroundings is greatly diminished since you've consumed alcohol."
Officer Jackson advises never to assume the car will be able to stop. That mistake can turn out to be deadly.
Officer Frank Jackson: "Be aware. Be aware of the surroundings, understand that it takes a lot for a car to stop."