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Working to Improve Pedestrian Safety This Winter

Dec 7, 2016 - The Mercer Island Police Department (MIPD) reports that three vehicle/pedestrian collisions have occurred in the past week, around the Town Center area.

The most recent incident on Sunday December 4, involved two pedestrians in their 70's who were crossing the street at an intersection when struck. One of the victims has suffered very serious injuries and both were transported to Harborview Hospital.

On November 30, two children (aged two and four) in a stroller being pushed by their father were hit, ejecting the children and causing minor abrasions. On the same day, a different pedestrian was struck in the 3200 block of Island Crest Way - fortunately causing no serious injuries.

The MIPD will be stepping up crosswalk education and enforcement in the Town Center area, and reminds all drivers to be cautious, especially in the evening hours.  Pedestrians --especially runners-- are also reminded that wearing dark clothing and carrying no form of lighting is particularly risky on dark winter days.

The MIPD asks all pedestrians to consider wearing light and bright clothing, using reflectorized items such as vests, and attaching flashing mini-LED lights to the front and backside of clothing.

Learn more about pedestrian safety here.

View Washington's rules about yielding to pedestrians.


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