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Local agencies release PSA to avoid pedestrian-related collisions

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Posted at 8:13 PM, Nov 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-20 23:50:22-05

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN9-TV) Local agencies have teamed up to create a number of PSAs to avoid pedestrian-related collisions.

The public service announcements are a collaboration between the Tucson Police Department and the Tucson Fire Department.

According to TPD, the number of pedestrian fatalities in Tucson has more than doubled since this same time last year. There have been 24 pedestrian fatalities so far this year compared to 11 last year.

"These collisions are 100% preventable if we each do our part," said TFD Captain Andy Skaggs.

Officials offer the following tips for driver: 

  • Avoid distractions while driving. 
  • Pay attention to how fast you are going.
  • Don't drive under the influence and stay alert.

Below are tips for pedestrians: 

  • Always use a crosswalk, used marked crosswalks and obey traffic signals.
  • Make eye contact drivers so you know you both see each other.
  • Even if you have the right of way, that doesn't mean the driver isn't distracted or impaired.

Recently TPD received a $25,000 grant from the Arizona Governor's Office of Highway Safety for pedestrian and bicycle safety. Around 30 patrols will be deployed across Tucson through September 2018.

Police say common factors in pedestrian related crashes include jaywalking and impairment.

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