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Pedestrian Task Force Recommends Changes for Route 1

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del.- Each year when the weather warms up, people and cars flock to Route 1 in Delaware.

"You're always slamming on breaks and you gotta watch out for people at all times, ya know can't be texting on the phone and all that so it's pretty busy," Matt Wiley said.

And as drivers make their way to the beaches, they have to navigate around pedestrians crossing Route 1.

"I see them running across and just trying to get across to the gas station or wherever they're going," Wiley said.

There are only two crosswalks on Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach but the state's pedestrian safety task force wants to add six more to make the highway safer for everyone. This past summer several pedestrians were killed on the busy road.

"I also see the younger people running across at random wherever they feel like and it looks pretty dangerous," Hugh Black said.

Brian Laurenzi is one of those pedestrians who walk along Route 1 but he says he always waits at the lights to cross. He hopes the crosswalks will remind drivers they're sharing the road.

"The drivers, especially from out of state, not even just out of state, the Delaware drivers as well they don't even really seem to pay attention to the road," Laurenzi said. "They're focused on one thing and that's getting to the beach."

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