Nadine Wimmer ReportingSalt Lake Police are driving home a message more people obviously need to hear. They're conducting pedestrian sting operations, targeting jaywalkers who don't use the crosswalks. And they're also ticketing drivers who don't look out for pedestrians. The operation follows what have been a few a deadly few weeks on Utah roads.
We've seen it over and over in the past few weeks -- people who dash across the street or into the street and have meet tragic consequences. Here's one perspective that could help you Stay Safe.
Sgt. Martin Turner is measuring out 60 feet from his cruiser to the cone, the distance a car could travel in one second. He marks off a second cone at 204 feet to demonstrate another point. The distance from that cone to his headlights may seem reasonable, but if that car's going 40mph, it takes that far just for the driver to stop.
Sgt. Martin Turner, Utah Highway Patrol: “They feel they have the ability and opportunity to make it across the roadway. They fail to take into account the speed of vehicles coming down the roadway.”
Clothing can also make a big difference in whether or not a driver can see you at night.
These may seem like obvious reminders, but not obvious enough, given our number of serious auto pedestrian crashes of late. An elderly woman died last month in Salt Lake County crossing the street to church. Later, in one day four separate crashes injured pedestrians all who were using crosswalks.
This month, a woman was killed while crossing Highland Drive with her children. Days later, a man was killed when he went out into the street. And then a man was hit darting out to the street at the scene of another crash.
Crosswalks are safer, but pedestrians can never assume they're out of danger if they're walking in front of cars.
Sgt. Martin Turner, Utah Highway Patrol: “It’s extremely hazardous for a pedestrian to be on any part of the roadway.”