State Police urge motorists to drive safely near crash scenes

By WEEK Reporter

State Police urge motorists to drive safely near crash scenes

December 5, 2012 Updated Dec 5, 2012 at 4:25 PM CDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill -- Illinois State Police (ISP) officials reminded motorists on Wednesday to look out for stranded vehicles and pedestrians around crash scenes.

According to the ISP, pedestrians make up over 13 percent of car crash deaths and that pedestrians on the roadway pose an even greater risk.

In 2011, almost 5,000 pedestrians were involved in crashes. Seventy-five percent of interstate pedestrian deaths happen after dark.

With that in mind, the Illinois State Police says that pedestrians should walk on outside edge of the road and should walk in two-way traffic facing oncoming traffic.

The ISP also says that pedestrians should wear reflective clothing at night and that if a car is stalled on an interstate, individuals should attempt to call before walking.

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