According to 2010 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States with another 70,000 pedestrians being injured. In 2009, 630 bicyclists were killed and 51,000 suffered injuries.
The Thomasville Police is reminding bicyclists and pedestrians to be safe on the road and drivers to recognize them. Drivers, pedestrians and cyclists need to remember to obey the laws of the road.
Pedestrians should always cross the street at crosswalks when they are available, while making sure no vehicles are coming. They also asked to use sidewalks or walk as close to the edge of the road as possible, as well as crossing on green lights and stopping for red lights.
Bicyclists should follow the same traffic rules.
Lt. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department communications officer, said, “They need to ride with the traffic without impeding vehicular traffic and, if they are riding in a group, then they should ride single file.”
It is important for bicyclists to cross the street as cross walks and at green lights.
Hampton said, “It is a good idea to make sure that the bikes are safe to ride and are equipped with reflectors for night riding.”
Hampton also reminds motorists to always be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists, and to pay attention while operating their vehicle. Pedestrians and cyclists may not be in a motorized vehicle, but they are to be considered as if they were while on the road.
He said, “This is very important because we have children and adults who may be riding bikes or walking alone on any of our streets here in the city.”
For more information on traffic fatalities and injuries contact the National Center for Statistics and Analysis (NCSA) at 800-934-8517 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. General information on highway traffic safety can be found at www.nhtsa.gov/NCSA.
To report a safety-related problem or to inquire about motor vehicle safety information, contact the Vehicle Safety Hotline at 888-327-4236 or the Thomasville Police Department.
Reporter Susanne Reynolds can be reached at (229) 226-2400, ext. 1826.