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Del. Officials Eye Pedestrian Safety Campaign

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DOVER, Del. (AP/WBOC)- State highway safety officials are launching a new campaign aimed at reducing the number of pedestrian deaths in Delaware.

Officials are holding a series of pedestrian safety checks in areas with high numbers of pedestrian accidents, starting Friday at the Starboard in Dewey Beach, followed by one on Second Street in Lewes on Saturday, Aug. 3. Other checks will be held on Aug. 8 and Sept. 6 in Rodney Square in Wilmington.

"Those patrols are out there issuing citations  to pedestrians that aren't' walking against the grain of travel that don't have flashlights in their hands, that are walking up the roadway. Also, educating them on how they should be walking on the roadway," said Gary Fournier with Delaware State Police.

Delaware's Office of Highway Safety says 13 pedestrians have died in Delaware so far this year, more than during the same period last year.

"Along with the Office of Highway Safety, we don't want to see the walking dead. We don't want to have people get injured. We're going to combat this by issuing citations to pedestrians and cyclists as well to make sure they get the message," said Fournier.

Officials say the number is particularly alarming because the risk of pedestrian deaths and injuries increases in the fall.

Officials urge people to cross the street only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs, and to use sidewalks when available and walk facing traffic.

For more information on the Pedestrian Safety campaign and to find materials about pedestrian safety tips and laws, visit www.ohs.delaware.gov/PedestrianSafety.

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