Dougherty Co. coroner urges pedestrian safety

Dougherty Co. coroner urges pedestrian safety

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Coroner Michael Fowler wants to remind the community about pedestrian safety.

Fowler said it’s very important for you to wear something a driver can see easily when walking on the side of the road and across the road.

“Wear reflective clothes because at night it is dark, and a person may not be able to see you,” said Fowler.

Fowler said many times people will cross the street not paying attention, which can lead to accidents happening.

“People go across the street texting on their cell phone, not even paying attention to the traffic. It is important that you look at the driver in the car and get eye contact with that person because sometimes they may not stop,” said Fowler.

Fowler said that drivers need to also be very vigilant and watching for pedestrians.

“You got to be watching for these people, especially the ones in the wheelchairs because they don’t have the speed to get across as fast. Some people have health issues and may be on a walker or cane, so they cannot get across as fast as the normal person can. The light may catch them,” explained Fowler.

Fowler said that a person getting hit can be avoided if you just simply pay attention.

“Whatever you are doing while crossing that road is not that important that you can’t take a few seconds and put the phone down and walk across the street and be aware of your surroundings," said Fowler.

Fowler said you should also remember you have to cross the road in a cross walk.

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