MnDOT: Fall is the deadliest for pedestrians

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The fall months are the deadliest for pedestrians, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. 

Just this year, 37 pedestrians have been killed. 

“With more hours of darkness in the fall, pedestrians are more difficult to see,” said Jay Hietpas, MnDOT state traffic engineer in a press release. “Motorists and pedestrians are equally at fault when we look at our crash data. That means that both groups need to know and obey the laws.”

That number compares to 41 pedestrian deaths in 2015 (with 904 injured) and 17 deaths in 2014 (with 837 injured). 

Authorities say because the sun rises later and sets earlier in the fall, yet there are still a high number of pedestrians before and after daylight hours, there is an increased risk of crashes.

MnDOT is reminding drivers it's the law to stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights. 

For more information about crosswalk laws, click here


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