New initiative focused on curbing pedestrian injuries, deaths

By: Travis Ragsdale Email
By: Travis Ragsdale Email

News 12 This Morning / Tuesday, July 30, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- A new initiative is beginning for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office to try and curb injuries and deaths to pedestrians.

This comes on the heels of the worst year in a decade for pedestrian deaths in Richmond County. 2012 saw a total of 15, but so far in 2013, there have only been three, with the latest coming on Ulm Road this past Sunday evening.

The initiative is mainly focused on two areas: the intersection of Washington Road and Boy Scout Road and Jackson Road at Wrightsboro Road. Deputies say these are two of the most dangerous intersections for pedestrians to cross.

One of the biggest issues right now is children trying to cross those intersections without adult supervision. RCSO says that they will begin looking out for those cases so they can explain to the children and parents just how dangerous it can be.

Along with trying to raise awareness to these high-danger areas, the Sheriff's Office is also planning on working with traffic engineering to see what can be done to make those two intersections just a little bit safer for pedestrians.

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