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Huntsville Police Launch Awareness Campaign to
 Reduce Pedestrian Accidents

Huntsville, Alabama (June 09, 2011) Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris would like to announce the Departments pedestrian awareness campaign kickoff on June 10, 2011.  Huntsville Police have reviewed recent statistics that show a 133% increase in the amount of pedestrian accidents in the city of Huntsville in 2011.  In 2010 there were 9 pedestrian accidents in the city of Huntsville from January 1 to May 31. In 2011, there have been 21 pedestrian accidents from January 1 to May 31.

Huntsville Police would like to educate all citizens in the city of Huntsville on the responsibilities of motorists as they approach pedestrian crossings.  We would also like to educate all pedestrians on how to avoid becoming a victim at pedestrian crossings.  This campaign will run for approximately 90 days and will consist of signage, safety tips, and radio and television public service announcements.  The focus of the campaign is to educate the entire city of Huntsville with the goal of reducing pedestrian accidents.

City Ordinance
Section 32-5A-211 - Pedestrians' right-of-way in crosswalks.

(a) When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

(c) Subsection (a) shall not apply under the conditions stated in Section 32-5A-212(b).

(d) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

Public Service Announcements


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