MnDOT: Pedestrians Hit More Often In Fall

MnDOT: Pedestrians Hit More Often In Fall Click to Enlarge Photo: KNSI News

(KNSI) - The Minnesota Department of Transportation is urging both drivers and pedestrians to use extra caution as the days continue getting shorter.

MnDOT says more hours of darkness in the fall and winter increases the number of pedestrian involved crashes and fatalities.

"Pedestrians are more difficult to see when the sun rises later and sets earlier, increasing the risk of crashes," said Jay Hietpas, MnDOT state traffic engineer.

He says crash data shows that drivers and pedestrians are equally at fault, meaning both groups need to know and obey the laws.

Click here for a refresher course on Minnesota's crosswalk law.

In 2016, 60 pedestrians were killed and 1,204 injured, an increase from 2015.

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