MNDOT Warns to be More Cautious During Change of Seasons

26 Killed So Far This Year in Vehicle Crashes

DULUTH, Minn.-With more hours of darkness this time of the year, that means there is an increase in the number of pedestrian crashes and fatalities.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, motorists and pedestrians should use more caution during the fall and winter months.

Twenty-six pedestrians have been killed so far this year. Sixty were killed last year and 41 were killed the year before.

Here’s some tips the Minnesota Department of Transportation offers up for how to be safer:

  • Motorists should stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.
  • Pedestrians should obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.
  • Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.
  • Pedestrians shouldn’t enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian should abide by before entering the crosswalk; common sense should be used.
  • When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear should not pass the stopped vehicle.