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Four pedestrians struck in as many days

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A homeless Albany man remains hospitalized after being hit by a car early Wednesday, as he crossed Oglethorpe Blvd.

He's the fourth pedestrian to be struck by a car in four days in South Georgia. None of those victims used a crosswalk. Traffic engineers and police want you to know that puts you in danger.

Last year there were 31 accidents involving pedestrians in Albany, and only seven of those collisions were at crosswalks.

There is now paint on the 400 block of West Oglethorpe Boulevard where 45-year-old Milton Gulley was struck this morning.

Sylvester Police are still working to identify another man who was hit on the westbound lanes on Highway 82 Tuesday night.

Neither man was at a crosswalk. "It gives the pedestrian more visibility, but it also gives them enough time to cross," said Traffic Engineer Walter House.

The city of Albany has 136 signalized intersections with pedestrian crosswalks at about 100 of them. Depending on the width of the intersections that determines how long that pedestrian cross time is.

Engineers say crosswalks give pedestrians plenty of time to reach the other side, and the timing starts the moment the WALK signal is on.

"That interval is usually around seven seconds. And that makes sure that pedestrians are in the position to cross the street," said House.

The flashing Don't Walk gives walkers enough time to get pedestrians to the other side once they have started walking. "Our guidelines are four feet per second, but we use 3.5 feet to represent the elderly."

Engineers say most accidents happen when this system isn't used. "A lot of those were at mid-blocks were people are just crossing."

And is why they are encouraging all pedestrians to take the time to use crosswalks. Engineers say it can take anywhere from 30 to 60 seconds for the pedestrian crossing button to activate and this all depends on the traffic cycle.

But engineers say it is well worth the wait to ensure you get where you need to go safely.

Milton Gulley is in good condition at Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. Sylvester police are still trying to identify the man struck there last night. He was seriously injured and is also at Phoebe.

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