Drivers reminded to be cautious of pedestrians

Shorter days and more hours of darkness contribute to an increase of crashes between drivers and pedestrians.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, crashes have killed 33 pedestrians so far this year, and last year, 45 pedestrians died and 987 were injured in crashes.

Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights, and drivers can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of their stopped vehicle.

Pedestrians shouldn’t enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for them to stop.

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