Inattentive behavior linked to increase in pedestrian vs. vehicle crashes

March 2, 2017
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ST. GEORGE, Utah - + Video – The National Highway Traffic Safety Division reports that on average a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes.   Of the 9-million crashes that occur in this country in a year, nearly 6 million are preventable. About 14 % of those are pedestrian related.

Utah law requires drivers to yield right of way to pedestrians who are in a crosswalk. But pedestrians also need to obey the rules of the road.

St. George Police Sgt. Craig Harding said the problems come with inattentive behavior by both drivers and pedestrians.