The state of New York has one of the highest rates of pedestrian deaths in the United States. In fact, the state ranks as having the sixth most, and rates of pedestrian deaths are higher than they’ve been in 30 years. “New York has made pedestrian safety a priority,” the state’s Department of Transportation said.
Albany has been one of the deadliest places for New York pedestrians, as well. The recent average rose to over 1,000 pedestrian related accidents. Now, a local school is hoping that people are more aware when driving through crosswalks. It’s part of the See and Be Seen campaign.
School zones cause the biggest alarm for the campaign. Amy Klein of Capital Roots is in charge of this campaign, and wants drivers to keep their eyes peeled. “A heightened awareness for people driving and having them slow down, pay attention to crosswalks,” she said of the movement and its goals. “And installing infrastructure so those crosswalks exist and people can travel more safely and pay attention to people walking.”