WTVM Editorial 10/14/16: Dangers for pedestrians

WTVM Editorial 10/14/16: Dangers for pedestrians

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two times within six days pedestrians have been struck and killed in the city of Auburn.

One of the motorists involved stayed at the scene. In the other case, the pedestrian was the victim of a hit and run. This is a dangerous time of year for pedestrian - vehicle accidents.
That's partial because as Fall takes over from Summer, the sun sets earlier and earlier each day before some motorists turn their headlights on.
In the case of the latest pedestrian death on South College Street in Auburn, weather records show that what is called "last light" was at 6:55 pm.

The pedestrian was struck and killed shortly after 7 p.m.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, nearly half - 46 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and midnight and 29 percent of all pedestrian accidents happen in September, October and November.

So we urge everyone to take special care this Fall in watching out for pedestrians.

Use your headlights before you think you need them. Keep your speed down so you can stop.

And if you're out walking, don't wear dark clothes or take shortcuts that could be a tragic dead end. Statistically, the end of October - Halloween to be specific - is the deadliest day of the year for pedestrians.

Always be a vigilant and careful driver and be responsible while walking especially now, in this season of danger for pedestrians.

General Manager Holly Steuart brings two editorials a week to WTVM. If you would like to respond to an editorial, e-mail your response to hsteuart@wtvm.com or write to:

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