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"Don't Join The Walking Dead," Delaware And Pedestrian Safety

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. - While cars whiz up and down route one in Dewey Beach, Delaware, pedestrians dart across the road in what appears to be a real life game of Frogger, but nothing could be more serious.

"People get hit by cars out here, it's really dangerous, says Mark from Philadelphia.

Bil Joseph tells WMDT how he watches it every day from the balcony of his surf shop " this is actually a highway they gotta remember that."

According to the Office of Highway Safety, pedestrian fatalities rose from 19 in 2011 to 30 in 2012, and with two already dead in Dewey Beach alone this summer, folks say something has to change. 

Barb Kursh believes "there's more I guess we all need to do for the pedestrian safety," and her husband Wayne Kursh says "maybe they should start a campaign on, hey, how to cross a street."

Well, they have.  Back on Memorial Day weekend, the Delaware office of Highway Safety kicked off a pedestrian safety campaign called "Don't Join The Walking Dead."  The campaign started in New Castle County, where 80 percent of Delaware's reported pedestrian incidents happen, but with an increased number of car versus pedestrian incidents, some fatal, like the man killed by an alleged drunk driver in Dewey on the Fourth of July, the campaign is expanding south, specifically targeting Lewes and Dewey Beach.

The pedestrian crossing campaign in Delaware is scheduled to be brought to Lewes and Dewey this month -- with more of this "Walking Dead" signs, and representatives from Delaware highway Safety handing out pedestrian crossing pamphlets on the streets.

The state of Maryland also partnered with Ocean City this year to launch the "Walk Smart" Safety Campaign, a program which has actually been in effect for this beach town for the past decade.

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