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Highway Safety Officials Create Campaign In Response To High Pedestrian Deaths

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DEWEY BEACH, De - The Office of Highway Safety officials are raising an awareness campaign in response to the high number of pedestrian deaths in the state of Delaware.

The campaign, Don't Join The Walking Dead, will re-enforce the dangers of highway crossing. This year, there already has been 13 pedestrian fatalities. The total of deaths last year was at 30.

"With traffic safety, we're all working towards zero deaths," says Community Relations Officer for Delaware's Office Highway Safety, Alison Kirk.

The OHS has also teamed up with DelDot and the Delaware State Police, who also believe that this is a growing concern.

"Pedestrian fatality has been occurring a lot down the Dewey and Rehoboth corridor and we're trying to prevent these pedestrian fatalities by going out and actively enforcing the law. We're not setting up like a checkpoint. Our troopers are actually going out there patrolling, looking for the violations. Citing them. It's not going to be one of those things where we stop them and brief them on it. Each adult knows how you're supposed to cross the roadways. So we're actively enforcing the law of Delaware for pedestrians," says Delaware State Police corporal Gary Fournier.

DelDOT spokesperson James Westhoff says that there are plenty of steps pedestrians and motorists can take to lower the chances of an accident occurring.

"One of the best thing pedestrians can do is wear bright clothing. I hear from so many motorists upset that pedestrians are wearing dark clothing at night and that as a motorist, they seem them at the very last minute. Motorists need to be aware that certain places have more pedestrians. In an area like Dewey Beach on a Friday evening, you don't have to go the speed limit,"

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