HARRISONBURG, Va.-- According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2011 over 4,400 pedestrians were killed nationwide. The deaths made up to 14 percent of all traffic fatalities.
The Traffic Records Electronic Data system reports, in 2011 75 people died in Virginia. One pedestrian fatality was reported in Harrisonburg.
Harrisonburg Police Department Sergeant William Keller recommends pedestrians to be alert even when at a crosswalk. He said never to assume a driver can see you because the driver can be distracted. However, if there are no sidewalks.
"Walk facing traffic, not away from traffic so you can see the vehicles coming toward you, in case you have to take some further action and you have to move further down the road," said Keller.
Neighbor Kenneth Eye II who usually walks around Harrisonburg said he is cautious when he is near cars.
"I try not to listen to my radio too loud... I also try not to think before I leap or look for both ways," said Eye II.
The National Highway Traffic Safety administration report alcohol was involved in 48 percent of traffic crashes that were deadly. Out of the 35 percent pedestrians involved, they had a blood concentration above the legal limit to drive.
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