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Delaware aims to stop "Walking Dead"

Thursday, August 01, 2013
A poster for Delawares campaign to cut down on pedestrian fatalities and injuries, Dont Join the Walking Dead.

A poster for Delaware's campaign to cut down on pedestrian fatalities and injuries, "Don't Join the Walking Dead."

It's proving to be a very dangerous year for pedestrians in Delaware.

Thursday this morning, a man was hit by a Delaware state police cruiser and is fighting for his life this afternoon.

The force of the collision on Kirkwood Highway in Marshallton threw the pedestrian 50 feet. Investigators say, the cruiser hit the man when he stepped out in front of the marked car at about 1 a.m.

Police say the pedestrian was intoxicated.

Delaware authorities with the state's Office of Highway Safety report 13 pedestrians have died in traffic related crashes so far this year. That's up from this time last year.

Another 157 pedestrians have been injured

This weekend, city officials will be at Second Street in Lewes, Delaware Saturday for their new "Don't Join The Walking Dead" campaign, and holding pedestrian safety checks.

They advise that by following these basic safety tips and pedestrian laws, everyone can learn to Walk Smart.

  • Cross only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs. Look left, right, and left again. Only start to cross when it's clear.
  • Do not risk crossing outside of a crosswalk or intersection just because it's more convenient, especially on high speed roadways. Cars cannot stop in time for you.
  • Use sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far off the edge of the road as possible.
  • Do not step into a crosswalk if it will create a hazard to motorists. When it is clear to cross, continue to watch for traffic while crossing the street until you have safely reached the other side.
  • Carry a flashlight or other reflective item when walking at night. It's the law.
  • Do not hitchhike.
  • Teach children not to run into the street after balls or other toys, and don't allow them to cross alone until you've practiced the basics with them hundreds of times.
  • Do not walk under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired walking is like impaired driving; it is illegal and can be deadly.
  • If your vehicle breaks down on an interstate or busy roadway, don't leave your vehicle. Instead call #77 or 911 for assistance. Motorists can also call #77 to report a disabled vehicle they see on the roadways.
  • If you are driving, be on the lookout for pedestrians near the roadway.

Follow the links for more information on the "Don't Join the Walking Dead" campaign and to find materials about pedestrian safety tips and laws. You can also follow them on Twitter at @DEHighwaySafe, and like their Facebook page Facebook.com/ArriveAliveDE.

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