A summary of pedestrian fatalities and injuries across Nebraska shows that from 2000 to 2017, an average of 11 pedestrians died each year and 390 were injured on Nebraska roadways.
So far this year, 21 pedestrians have tragically lost their life on Nebraska roadways, the most pedestrian fatalities since 1991 when 24 were tragically killed on Nebraska roadways.
And while there were no pedestrian fatalities in this area over the past year, there have been collisions involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
Scottsbluff Police Captain Tony Straub told KNEB News while pedestrians have the right of way, drivers and pedestrians alike must share the responsibility of keeping themselves and others safe on the roadways.
Straub said when crossing a street, you should always be on the lookout for vehicles approaching in all directions. And while pedestrians have the right of way, drivers and pedestrians alike must share the responsibility of keeping themselves and others safe on the roadways.
Drivers stopped in front of a crosswalk at a red light should always look both ways after the light has changed to green. Don’t accelerate until the crosswalk is clear of pedestrian traffic.
Sun glare can also pose a threat to pedestrians and drivers, especially just after sunrise and before sunset. This glare can make it much harder to see the road ahead, creating an added risk to drivers and pedestrians. Drivers should keep a pair of polarized sunglasses in close reach.
Grime on the inside and outside of the windshield can compromise a driver’s ability to see, so make certain both are cleaned on a regular basis. Use the visor as needed to reduce glare. When visibility is a problem, increase your following distance and decrease your speed. Drive with your headlights on even during daylight hours to increase your visibility to other drivers and pedestrians.
Always scan the roadway and look specifically for pedestrians in the traffic mix.
With fewer daylight hours and many pedestrians out and about this time of year running holiday errands, authorities remind motoriststs to expect pedestrians anywhere at any time and always yield to them.
In Nebraska, the highest pedestrian death toll occurred in 1966. That year, 51 pedestrians died in traffic crashes.