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Triangle police departments band together for pedestrian safety

Posted November 14, 2012

— More than 2,000 North Carolina pedestrians are injured and 168 killed in an average year, according to state statistics, so area law enforcement agencies are trying to promote pedestrian safety.

As part of the WatchForMeNC program, police departments in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro, as well as public safety offices on Triangle university campuses, have been enforcing pedestrian safety at targeted intersections in recent weeks.

"Everybody in America is a pedestrian,” David Strickland, chief of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said Wednesday during a gathering in Durham.

WatchForMeNC seeks to educate both drivers and pedestrians on behaviors and actions that can improve safety.

“The motorist needs to understand their responsibility," Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez said. "These people who are out there don’t need their mercy. They need their courtesy.”

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 19, 3:08 p.m.

    Pedestrians are traffic too. I've seen lots of impatient drivers, who want to turn at a stoplight, get irate when the crosswalk has people in it and the driver has to wait.

    Guess what? It's even possible that there's so much foot traffic in walkway, that the driver might miss the light and have to wait again.

    This is how it works, folks. Gasoline vehicles are not the only things that use the roads...they just act like it.

  • Hippy_mom Nov 15, 4:57 p.m.

    Funny that the above image is used with this story. Just yesterday I was behind a big, diesel red pick up truck with a huge Ducks Unlimited decal on the back window. The driver was in too much of a hurry to wait for another motorist to parallel park, so the truck driver drove onto the brick median to get around them. He (assuming it was a he--apologies folks) then turned into the parking area near the bowling alley, which was less than a block away. So, yes, we need some driver and pedestrian education! Kudos to the City of Raleigh for the new sidewalks on Lake Boone Trail and Wade Avenue!

  • 68_dodge_polara Nov 15, 10:20 a.m.

    Here's one, the crosswalk at the Hillandale golf club on Hillandale Road in Durham. Almost nobody stops at this cross walk, I almost got rear end by a pickup truck pulling trailer there last week because followed the law. The trailer was even empty, NO excuse, the man shouldn't have a driver's licence. After that, I'm not fighting that battle, now I don't stop either. Before you blame me see for yourself, I don't know what's in the water in Durham.

  • Wenchmaid Nov 15, 9:15 a.m.

    Maybe Durham should consider building some sidewalks.