Pedestrians implored to wear reflective clothing after dark; walk on the correct side of roadways

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A pedestrian was struck on Harrison Avenue on Tuesday evening, April 23, around 8:30 p.m. With sunset being just after 8 p.m., the pedestrian was walking unseen on the same side of the road as the car that struck her. According to Franklin Police Chief David Adams, the pedestrian was taken to the hospital to get checked out but no serious injuries were reported.

“The pedestrian was charged with impeding the flow of traffic and was intoxicated. She was walking along the same side of the road as the car and walked out in front of the vehicle,” said Chief Adams.

At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. In 2017, the last year for which statistics are available, there was a 1.7-percent decrease in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2017, totaling 5,977 deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration seeks to raise awareness of the dangers to pedestrians by providing safety tips, educational material and other resources. Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones when walking, and learn how to help prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths.

10 Walking Safety Tips

1. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

2. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.

3. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

4. Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

5. Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

6. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.

7. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

8. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

9. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

10. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

9 Driving Safety Tips

1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.

2. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.

3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.

4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.

5. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.

6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

7. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.

8. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.

9. Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.

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