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UDOT hosts pedestrian summit to improve awareness, decrease fatalities

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The Utah Department of Transportation hosted its first pedestrian summit in Kearns on Thursday to promote and improve pedestrian experiences in Utah. (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) -- The Utah Department of Transportation hosted its first pedestrian summit in Kearns on Thursday to promote and improve pedestrian experiences in Utah.

Safety is a growing concern in the Beehive State with an estimated 50 people killed each year.

Multiple agencies participated in the summit that included ways to make drivers more aware of those walking in crosswalks or along streets.

John Larson with Salt Lake City Transportation said speed matters in regards to pedestrian safety with a difference in outcomes when is going 20 to 40 miles per hour. He said:

Assume every driver is distracted and not paying attention to you. Even if you're in the crosswalk, (and) you're doing all the right things, if a driver makes a mistake, you are the one who pays the price.

Ways a pedestrian can stay safe is make eye contact with the driver and you are alert and aware of motorists.

Also, pedestrians are urge to press the button on street crossings before venturing out onto a crosswalk, and drivers are asked to pay attention to hawk beacons that are designed to grab their attention that have been installed within the last five years.





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