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Dear Decaturish- Drivers should be aware of ‘hot spots’ for pedestrian incidents

Crime and public safety D'ish Decatur

Dear Decaturish- Drivers should be aware of ‘hot spots’ for pedestrian incidents

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Dear Decaturish,

Pedestrian safety is something that should concern all of us as people are encouraged to get out and walk more. Walking is great exercise and has so many health benefits. As we have learned tragically this past year with the death of Judi Merlin this past winter in the crosswalk on Commerce Drive in front of the downtown Decatur Kroger, accidents do happen.

According to a report from the Decatur Police Department, there are some particular hot spots in the city that are prone to vehicle/pedestrian accidents. Between January 1, 2017 and July 31, 2018, there were 14 accidents involving pedestrians. Three of those occurred around the intersection of Commerce Drive and West Ponce de Leon and one at the intersection of Commerce Drive and East Ponce de Leon. Five were on E. College Ave., two others on Commerce Drive and one on Ponce de Leon. One was on W. Howard Ave. and one was on McKoy Street.

What is clear from this analysis is that E. College Avenue, Commerce Drive, and West and East Ponce de Leon are particular hot spots in the city. It is important for drivers on these streets (and all streets for that matter) to be aware of pedestrians and navigate safely. And, it is important for pedestrians to be aware of drivers and follow properly all of the signage regarding street crossings.

Richard Cohen

Decatur

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