Nichole Hannahs

Crossing Carefully

by Nichole Hannahs on July 26, 2013 at 6:42 am

The past 48 hours have been a dangerous one for pedestrians on Zanesville roadways.

This week two children were hit by vehicles. One on 7th Street the other on Maple Avenue. In each accident those crossing the roadways failed to use designated crosswalks.

Zanesville Police Chief Eric Lambes said risk factors go up when not using these safety devices.

"Cross at a light. Make sure that you are in a crosswalk," explained Chief Lambes. "Walk when the traffic light is in your favor, which means walk when traffic has a red light. These accidents weren’t in crosswalk areas, so obviously pedestrians are taking a risk they shouldn’t."

Chief Lambes said motorists can also help prevent accidents by slowing down and paying closer attention in the hopes they’ll be able to avoid hitting a child who may run into the roadway. 

The Chief also adds that construction is pushing traffic to streets that may not have been busy in the past. 

"You get caught in a construction zone and slow down and when they get beyond that they want to speed up to catch up to get back on schedule. They may do some things they normally wouldn’t do," said Chief Lambes. 

Chief Lambes said the weather also plays a factor in the number of children out. Now that the weather is nicer more children are out playing and motorists need to be aware.