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Valdosta police advise pedestrians to use crosswalks after two are killed

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By Robin Jedlicka - bio | email

LOWNDES COUNTY, GA (WALB) - Since last Thursday, two pedestrians have died after being struck by cars in Lowndes County.

A woman died Thursday night crossing North Ashley Street, and a man was killed Saturday as he crossed Bemiss Road.

Police say both of these deaths could possibly have been avoided by following some simple safety rules. Neither victim used a cross walk to cross the street, though nearby crosswalks were available to both of them.

"What it boils down to in both cases was that, we have crosswalks, especially in the city," says Commander Brian Childress of the Valdosta Police Department.  "If you'll wait and be patient, you can go right across the street and it's safer to do it that way. We absolutely encourage our pedestrian public to use these crosswalks. They're there for a purpose."

There are almost 500 crosswalks in the city of Valdosta alone.  While they make crossing streets safer, police remind pedestrians to always use caution, making sure no drivers have run a red light.

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