ALBANY, GA (WALB) - As the weather gets warmer, more people will be outside walking or riding their bikes.
Georgia State Patrol troopers say this is a recipe for disaster if drivers and pedestrians are not alert.
According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, the number of pedestrian fatalities increased every year from 2011 to 2013.
With a lack of sidewalks for pedestrians in Albany, Sergeant Shawn Urquhart said it's critical that drivers and pedestrians take extra precaution to stay safe.
"A lot of people do get hurt by cars, especially now because people are distracted by so many things inside the vehicle, whether it's talking on the phone, or texting and driving, or anything that can take their eyes off the roadway," she said.
Sergeant Urquhart suggests wearing reflective clothing, day and night, to stay visible to drivers.
She also said to always walk against traffic to keep an eye on oncoming cars.