Greenville sees uptick in pedestrian accidents

GREENVILLE (N.C.) WNCT – Greenville Police say they’re seeing an uptick in pedestrian accidents, especially when people aren’t following the rules of the road.

In three months, there’s been three fatalities – just in the city of Greenville.

But there is one thing both pedestrians and drivers can do to help avoid these accidents from occurring.

“Eye contact. Eye contact is very good,” said Sgt. Mike Montanye of GPD. “If I’m crossing the road, and I know that the driver sees me as a pedestrian or vice versa, I know that we see each other. And that we know what the other is probably going to do.”

Trooper Doug Coley with the Highway Patrol says pedestrians need to make themselves more visible..

“People that are walking, running, exercising at night, need to wear bright colored clothing. Possibly carry a flashlight. They need to make themselves more visible.”

Also, use the cross walk.

“Crosswalks are always important,” said Montanye. “If there’s not a crosswalk, go to the street end, or where there’s a traffic light.”

If there’s not a crosswalk, a pedestrian can still legally cross the road, but they must yield to traffic.

“They just need to make sure they’re doing it safely and without standing in the middle of the lane while crossing that road.”

GPD is spearheading initiatives, like Watch for Me NC, to keep both drivers and pedestrains safe.

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