ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Just one day after a man was hit and killed by a vehicle on the Liberty Expressway, the Albany Police Department is sending an important message to pedestrians and drivers across the city.
According to the Albany Police Department, pedestrian deaths have increased every year in Georgia.
The city of Albany has had some rough years in the past as well.
"In Albany, we had a real rough year a couple years ago. We experienced about seven or eight total," said Lt. William Dowdell with the Albany Police Department.
According to APD, in 2016 there were eight total deaths with five being pedestrians.
This has been a concern for citizens across the city of Albany.
"I think it's a tragedy and it's a sad feeling for people to have been killed crossing streets in Albany," said Shabazz Fish Supreme Owner Gordon Hall.
In 2017, there were 11 total fatalities with three being pedestrians.
"A couple have been under the influence of alcohol, others just really weren't paying attention. It's a normal routine for them to cross the road other than a crosswalk or at an intersection, and if you do that enough times, eventually something is going to happen," said Dowdell.
APD said so far this year there have only been two fatalities with one being a pedestrian fatality.
This may be good news for the city, however, officials are still encouraging citizens to be safe.
"Wear lighter clothing, it would be a great benefit if you actually went and got a reflective vest to wear because you could actually see someone with a reflective vest on a lot further down the road than you can with someone wearing dark clothing," explained Dowdell.
Dowdell said to walk on provided sidewalks and only cross at intersections to prevent you from getting killed.
The Albany Police Department said its also important for drivers to be on high alert at all times, especially at night.