There have been 3 pedestrians killed in Augusta since last Friday. That brings this year's total to 6 pedestrian deaths. Deputies want to keep that number as low as possible, so they will be cracking down on jaywalkers in the area.
It seems like no matter where you go in Richmond County, pedestrians are everywhere. Sgt. Scott Redmon says pedestrians are taking too many risks these days. We spotted a woman and her children darting across the street instead of using a crosswalk. It's a problem that Redmon sees all the time.
"People not utilizing crosswalks is to me, in many cases, just a matter of inconvenience. Where they could just make a straight line across the roadway versus walk down two or three hundred yards or a quarter mile, where the nearest crosswalk is. That takes time," Redmon says.
There have been 3 pedestrian deaths in the past week. Redmon says most of the time, the pedestrians are at fault.
"You know, a lot of the roads they are crossing, these 5-lane highways, people are not necessarily looking for a younger individual, or anybody for that matter, to come across 5 lanes of traffic," he says.
Deputies do have the right to issue citations when people don't use crosswalks, but they are choosing to educate the public instead. Earlier this year, deputies started handing out pedestrian safety pamphlets in areas that have the most pedestrian-related accidents.
Even though it's inconvenient and it may take some time before the walk light turns on, if you just wait it out, it could save your life. It could save your life.
"If there are sidewalks available, please use sidewalks, stay out of the path of vehicles, wearing lighter color clothing at nighttime certainly could be a preventative measure for them. It just enables the drivers to see people who are walking much easier," Redmon says.
Another important piece of advice, if you have to walk on a road that does not
have sidewalks, walk facing traffic.
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