Fall crashes between cars and pedestrians on increase, according to MnDOT

Fall crashes between cars and pedestrians on increase, according to MnDOT

October 21, 2021 News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkin@rjbroadcasting.com (10/22/21)

(Minnesota) — As the fall settles in with more hours of darkness, an increase of crashes between people driving and walking is on the rise, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month and MnDOT is urging travelers to use caution with motor vehicle crashes having killed 45 pedestrians in 2021. That total thus far is 9 more pedestrian deaths than this time last year. In 2020 alone, 45 people were killed and 654 others were injured in crashes with vehicles while walking.

MnDOT also reminds drivers to watch for people walking anywhere at any time, stop for people crossing the road, look in all directions before turning, slow down for people, and check for people crossing the road before passing stopped vehicles.

For pedestrians walking, be alert for turning vehicles, look for vehicles in all lanes of traffic before crossing, cross in a well-lit area when possible, and stand clear of parked cars and obstacles before crossing.