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Delaware Begins "Walk Smart" Campaign

REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The Office of Highway Safety and the Delaware Department of Transportation have teamed-up to launch a campaign this week to educate people about pedestrian safety.

It is called the "Walk Smart" campaign.

May happens to be the month with the highest number of pedestrian-related crashes in the state of Delaware. One problem area is Sussex County's Route 1 highway .Between 2011 and 2013, there were 20 pedestrian related accidents on Route 1 between Lewes and Fenwick Island.

 As the weather gets better, more and more people walk and bike down the Coastal Highway.  According to Douglas Holstein, he notices it every year.

"Everyone's excited and moving around and not paying attention," he said. "For the past couple of years it's gotten a lot worse, we have more people down here and nobody really pays attention to what's going on, it's a very flat road, there's a lot of intersections and for people in crosswalks it can be really dangerous."

Seth Bratten works as a sign-twirler and dancer for several businesses up and down Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach. He said he sees a lot of problems come summertime.

"Pedestrians are not safe," he explained. "They don't have the crosswalks that they need at every light where people are."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the U.S., one crash-related pedestrian death occurs every two hours. In an effort to improve this startling statistic, the "Walk Smart" campaign provided demonstrations to show people what could happen.

Recommendations include slowing down for drivers, and being vigilant for pedestrians.

Follow this link to see a video of these demonstrations.

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