Pedestrian Safety Review Board takes its safety education campaign to the streets

    David Domingue (WGXA)

    MACON, Ga. -- The Pedestrian Safety Review Board held a public forum for its On the Move campaign on Feb. 21 to help educate residents on pedestrian safety.

    Members of the Board, along with the Bibb County Sheriff's Office, handed out over 2,000 education safety cards and reflective armbands to pedestrians and drivers that stopped by. The Safety Board expects to hand out the cards and bands up to two times per month throughout Bibb County through September of this year.

    Violet Poe with the Safety Board said, "I hope that this campaign will lower the number of fatalities and pedestrian crashes here in Macon-Bibb County. One is one too many and we've already had one this year and one is one too many."

    The locations chosen for the education campaign were selected because they have heavy vehicle and pedestrian traffic, are on or close to State Roads or are close to where pedestrian fatalities happened between 2012 and 2016.

    The campaign is funded by a $20,785 grant from the Governor's Office of Highway Safety that was awarded in Oct. 2017.

    “If we’re going to help people learn why it’s so important to be safe while walking along our roads, and for drivers to watch out for people walking, we have to go where they are,” said Dr. Tom Ellington of the Safety Board. “We want to help make sure people get where they’re going safely, no matter how they choose to get there.”

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