STODDARD COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - The Missouri Department of Transportation launched a safety campaign, "Be Safe. Be Seen," to remind pedestrians and drivers to look out for each other.
MoDOT says after just nine months in 2011, the number of pedestrian traffic deaths is nearly equal to those in 2010. They say in fact, during the first quarter of 2011, 21 pedestrian were recorded compared to nine during the same period in 2010.
“If I say ‘pedestrian’, you tend to think of someone out for exercise or kids walking to school,” said Leanna Depue, MoDOT Highway Safety director. “But a pedestrian is any person near or on a roadway who is not in a vehicle or on a motorcycle. For example, someone changing a tire on the side of the road is a pedestrian.”
Depue says to stay alert to traffic around you and and don't expect that cars will yield. Make yourself visible, especially if your car is disabled. She says turn on the headlights and the hazard lights.