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.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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