ISP urges safety near crash scenes
SPRINGFIELD — Illinois State Police officials are warning motorists to be vigilant in observing stranded vehicles and pedestrians near crash scenes to avoid unnecessary fatal accidents.
Pedestrians make up more than 13 percent of car crash deaths. Pedestrians on the roadway pose an even greater risk to themselves and oncoming traffic. Motorists and pedestrians are both responsible for traffic safety and motorists should always be prepared to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.
In 2011, 4,978 pedestrians were involved in crashes. Three out of four interstate pedestrian fatalities occur after dark. In many cases, drivers do not see the pedestrian until the pedestrian is in front of the vehicle with no time to react or apply the brakes. Most of the pedestrian related crashes involve a pedestrian running in front of a vehicle, crossing the expressway, crossing the expressway while intoxicated, and not wearing safety reflective clothing.
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