Tennessee Highway Patrol says deadly traffic accidents involving pedestrians are rising
Summer break is over and school is in session. Now more people are on the road.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says deadly traffic accidents involving a pedestrian are higher than last year.
So far this year, 87 people across Tennessee have lost their lives because they were hit by a vehicle while they were walking.
Lt. John Harmon with THP says that's up 13 people compared to last year. He says Hamilton County numbers are also on the rise.
“Motor vehicles are 3,500 pounds,” said Harmon. “If you are hit by one of those, then you're going to have serious injuries.”
As the days begin to get shorter, Harmon suggests being mindful of the visibility. He says wear reflective clothing, don't use earbuds, and walk on the side of the road facing traffic.
“If you see a car that goes over the fog line or driving recklessly, then you can get away from that potential accident,” said Harmon.
Harmon encourages drivers to focus on the road so no one gets hurt.
“Children are in the dark waiting on those bus stops, and we need to be careful,” said Harmon.
Harmon says because of I-24 and I-75, the Tennessee Valley is a major artery for traveling. He says it continues to be a challenge to keep everyone safe.
That's why the Tennessee Highway Patrol is asking for everyone to go back to the basics of driving.
“A lot of traffic is flowing through our area,” said Harmon. “We have a lot of construction. So, we want you to arrive alive."
Chattanooga police say last year, they only had one person hit in a school zone. They were a crossing guard.