On Roads, Pedestrians and Drivers Share Responsibility
PALM DESERT- When it comes to everyday problems on our streets, drivers and pedestrians say they see far too many people making dangerous decisions. Video by kmir6.comvideo
In January alone five pedestrians died in traffic collisions on Coachella Valley roads. Drivers and pedestrians tell KMIR6, that Coachella Valley roads present some real challenges they wish government would address, including: few lights, not enough crosswalks and fast speed limits. But when it comes to everyday problems on our streets, drivers and pedestrians say they see far too many people making dangerous decisions.
"Drivers sometimes almost hit you," says Coachella pedestrian Kelia Cupil.
But many drivers put the blame on pedestrians.
"They are expecting us to just look out for them especially when there's no crosswalks," said Coachella driver Sandra Vega
According to California law, pedestrians have the right of way at cross walks and unmarked crosswalks, meaning drivers need to yeild to pedestrians crossing even at an unmarked intersection. Law enformcent officials advise pedestrians to carry a flashlight at night or wear reflective clothing. Also, if you must walk on the street, walk facing traffic.
-Jessica Flores, KMIR6 NEWS.