The Phoenix Police Department is starting a new campaign to keep you safer while crossing the street.
It's called “Corner
to Corner”, and it aims to diminish the number of pedestrian accidents in Phoenix involving vehicles.
"We're asking for pedestrians to take the extra time to walk down to a intersection and cross safely in marked or unmarked crosswalks. We're also asking vehicles to be more aware of pedestrians crossing the roadway, and to yield to them properly," says Phoenix Police Lt. Matt Giordano.
The campaign reminds people not to cross in the middle of the block and to be careful around bus stops and the light rail. It also reminds drivers to yield for people in crosswalks.
"Every year the city of Phoenix responds to more than 500 collisions involving pedestrians. More than 300 involve injuries to pedestrians and over 40 of those involve fatal injuries to pedestrians," says Giordano. "They see their bus, their train over there, quick little jog over there. They are mistaken. What they don't see is a car about to turn that we don't see and that car isn't expecting to see pedestrians 10 feet in front of them in the road," says Phoenix Police Lt. Adrian Ruiz.
The three week program starts June 17 with a week of educating pedestrians and drivers. It will be followed with two weeks of enforcement efforts.
What a great program! I cannot tell you how many times I see people crossing the road, less then 100 feet from the intersection/marked crosswalk. I want to scream at them!! I point it out to my wife and kids every time I see it, “Don’t ever do that!!”
Drivers are not trained to look for people in at mid-block. They are much more tuned in to the corners and at crosswalks. Let’s hope this new program makes a difference.