Pedestrian Accidents on the Rise in Fayetteville
Posted August 11, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
FAYETTEVILLE — For the past five years the number of accidents involving pedestrians has been on the rise in Fayetteville. So far six pedestrians have been killed this year.
Fayetteville police said pedestrians need to be more cautious. Too many times, they're in dangerous places in the roads. The police are now trying to convince pedestrians to think safety.
Fayetteville police said too many people put their lives on the line while walking. Last year, 110 pedestrians were hit in the city, 35 suffering serious injuries, six dying. Another six have died so far this year. The police said they have seen enough.
All over the city, pedestrians cross the roads where they shouldn't. It's also not safe to walk in the roadway, but residents say they have to because most of the city streets don't have sidewalks.
Earlier this month, a car plowed into four joggers along Highway 301. The driver faces charges but police say the joggers should not have been there. Another pedestrian died along the Martin Luther King Freeway in March.
A fence lines the highway, but people have found a way around it.
"I myself have seen several near misses, and it's just a matter of time before we have another tragedy," said Waters.
The police say it's important to use the sidewalks and crosswalks where they exist. Also, pedestrians should walk facing the traffic so they have a second or two to respond to danger.