GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Following a series of accidents involving crosswalk pedestrians, the police department is calling on you to drive safely.
The Grand Junction Police Department is urging drivers to be alert and aware behind the wheel at all times, but especially along 12th Street near the Colorado Mesa University campus,
“Just ensure that you’re being mindful of everybody; they might not see you but hopefully you see them so you can stop and save them from getting hit,” says police officer Shane Holtz.
With school back in session, GJPD says 12th Street is a ‘hot spot’ for students crossing the street at designated crosswalks, resulting in two accidents in the area just over the last week.
However the GJPD suggests that so far, one group of pedestrians may be at a higher risk for being hit,
“Both accidents involved vehicles colliding with pedestrians on bikes along the 12th Street crosswalks,” says KREX5’s Reilly Spence.
One of the cyclists sustained minor injuries.
There are signs at each crosswalk, asking all cyclists to get off of their bikes and walk them across the street, because the consequences of riding through could be costly.
Another major factor in crosswalk accidents is pedestrians being distracted. The biggest thing to blame, perhaps comes to no one’s surprise,
“Concentrating on their cell phones; and they’re walking with their face in their phone, and they push the button and just continue walking,” continues officer Holtz.
“It’s really important to be safe around these cross walks because a lot of students, they won’t even click the button or even look before they walk across,” says local college student and pedestrian Micah Cohen.
Whether you’re walking, driving, riding or biking, the GJPD asks for everyone to be careful any time you pass through one of the community’s crosswalks.