(Atlantic) The Iowa Department of Transportation says the number of car/pedestrian accidents is on the rise. There have been 23 pedestrian deaths since January in the state, up from 19 in 2010.
Atlantic Police Chief Steve Green says drivers need to concentrate on one thing and that is driving. "As a motorist, your one and only job while you are driving a vehicle…is to drive that vehicle,” stated Green.
Green says there are a number of things that can distract a driver.
“You don’t want to be texting, talking on the cell phone, don’t be take your eye off of the road to argue with your kids, or be in any other mode of thought besides driving down the road safely and watching out for pedestrians,” said Green.
And the same safe practices apply to pedestrians. “It is your job as you walk across the street to watch for traffic just like you were taught as a child,” said Green. “You go back to texting; people have been hit by a vehicle as they were walking across the street because they were looking at their cell phone.”
Officials from the Iowa Department of Transportation urge everyone to be more alert no matter how they're using the roads.
The Iowa Department of Transportation data also showed pedestrian injuries increased 10.7 percent from 2009 to 2010, from 478 to 529.
December 27, 2011