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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

With several deadly pedestrian accidents in the news this week, Dougherty County Police are encouraging drivers and pedestrians to pay attention to their surroundings.

A Valdosta State University Student died over the weekend after being hit by a truck in a crosswalk.

Also this week, aTerrell County truck driver was sentenced to prison of hitting and killing a woman and her 4-year old daughter, and an Albany woman was indicted for killing a woman as she crossed a street.

Police say distracted driving and failing to use a crosswalk lead to many accidents.

"Over distractions in vehicles is one that includes people walking themselves, pedestrians are known to be distracted by phones, second people in vehicles are distracted by cell phones, radios, navigation instruments," said Tom Jackson, Captain, Dougherty County Police Department.

Drivers can be cited for failing to yield at a crosswalk while a pedestrian is crossing the street, and pedestrians can be cited for not using a crosswalk.

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