A Georgia campaign to end the incidence of pedestrian fatalities was launched recently. The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in Georgia will be advocating for pedestrian safety in Macon as part of a state-level campaign.
Communications Director for the department Robert Hydrick said pedestrian fatalities are preventable and even one death is too many.
Macon-Bibb County has recorded nine pedestrian deaths for the year so far, putting it in the top 10 of 12 counties for pedestrian fatalities, according to Hydrick.
For all of 2020, 11 pedestrians were killed on the road, prompting the development of the Georgia campaign.
The Highway Safety Office has erected bright yellow billboards across Georgia to alert drivers to look out for people crossing the road. The office is also seeking to educate members of the public about pedestrian safety.
Pedestrian deaths in Macon-Bibb have increased by 60 percent over the past ten years.
Most of these fatalities occur on state roads. Commissioner Elaine Lucas said the county’s Pedestrian Safety Review Board was doing all it could to make the community safer.
She said they wanted to create more sidewalks, improve the lighting and ask the state for additional safety measures on state roads.
Lucas also asked walkers, joggers, and bikers to their part. She recommended that they wear bright clothing and stay on the sidewalk as much as possible. She also advised them to wait for a walk signal before they cross the street.
If you lose a loved one in a pedestrian crash or you get struck by a car while walking or jogging, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Georgia car accident lawyer for expert legal advice and possible representation.