Law Enforcement Encourage Drivers To Watch Out For Pedestrians

(Horicon) Local law enforcement leaders are reminding motorists to be on the lookout for pedestrians. October is National Pedestrian Safety Month. Officials with the Horicon Police Department say drivers need to keep a watchful eye out for those walking to bus stops, entering or exiting a building, on their way to or from school, or just out for a walk.

Fifty-three pedestrians on average are killed and about 1,300 are hurt in crashes every year in Wisconsin. A pedestrian is injured every 10 minutes in crashes across the U.S., according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. State Patrol Superintendent Tim Carnahan says dusk starts to arrive earlier this time of year, which makes it harder to see pedestrians who are out walking.

Horicon police encourage pedestrians to walk on the sidewalk, cross streets at marked crosswalks, be alert, and never assume drivers see you. Motorists are also reminded that children will be trick-or-treating later this month for Halloween.