Police aim to reduce number of pedestrians and bicyclists hit by cars
Story by Lucy Valencia, Assignment Desk Editor - email
YUMA, Ariz. (13 On Your Side) - Pedestrians and bicyclists are hit by cars all too often in Yuma and now police are
trying to prevent it from happening by informing the community of ways to avoid
police say many drivers simply don't look both ways before making a turn at a
stop or crosswalk, which can lead to a collision.
When making a right hand turn at a stop, most people simply
look left to see when they have an opening in traffic to make the turn, then
hit the gas and go.
But Sgt. Leanne Worthen and Officer Joe Franklin of the Yuma
Police Department say this is the easiest way to not see a pedestrian at your
Franklin says many modern technologies, like cell phones, also increase your
chances of hitting someone or getting in an accident.
years ago there was half the distractions that we have now," he says. "I mean
half the car's talking to you. Anything is a distraction. If you can keep from
doing that, hopefully you'll be more aware of your surroundings around
tell 13 On Your Side they respond to an average of 40 people hit by cars each
year in Yuma
and will continue to work to bring that number down.
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