I read an interesting article on the Times Union website today that says law enforcement will start cracking down on both drivers and pedestrians to help prevent accidents on Central Avenue. The article exclaims that pedestrians are hit by cars more than once a week on average on Central.

This doesn’t come as a surprise to me considering I drive on the street every day. It’s not uncommon to see pedestrians darting across the busy street. I see it all the time! Obviously I don’t EVER want to have to sleep at night knowing I injured or killed someone with my vehicle, but I have to be honest and say the pedestrians aren’t the only ones to blame.

In my personal experience, most of the instances where I see unsafe road crossings are near bus stops. When you have to rely on public transportation you’ll do anything you can to be where you need to be on time. The reality of the situation is crosswalks are few and far between along the 15 + mile stretch.

The Times Union article claims all factors will be investigated by Department of Transportation workers, so hopefully we’ll be able to prevent more injuries and deaths in the near future. In the meantime, starting today, police say they’re going to launch an initiative to educate by issuing tickets to both drivers and pedestrians.

Be safe out there!