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Clark County leads region in pedestrian deaths

Records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that pedestrians face serious challenges in Clark County. In looking at the time period from 2011 through 2015, a total of nine people on foot lost their lives in Clark County. That represents more pedestrian fatalities than in any of Clark County's neighboring counties. Scott County experienced no pedestrian deaths at all during these five years while Jefferson and Washington Counties each recorded two such deaths. Floyd County's pedestrian fatality county was closest to Clark County with three people dying in this five-year period.

Statewide, the number of pedestrians who died in vehicular accidents has been on the rise since 2012 when 59 such deaths were recorded. That was only three fewer than the prior year. The following year in 2013 the death toll jumped to 76 and then up again to 78 in 2014. In 2015, another big jump occurred as a total of 96 pedestrians were killed in Indiana.

Even through the winter, there are many situations in which people may find themselves on foot. Even the simple act of walking through a parking lot puts pedestrians at risk of being hit by motorists who fail to pay attention to them. Crossing streets while holiday shopping or even waiting on a sidewalk for the next bus leaves a person open to being hit as a pedestrian.

The AAA Exchange suggests that pedestrians try to always be visible either by being in lit areas or wearing bright or even reflective clothing, especially at night. If no sidewalk is in place where a person must walk, it is best to walk against the flow of traffic so pedestrians and drivers can easily make eye contact.




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