Michael J. d’Entremont
Chief of Police
600 High St.
Dedham, MA 02026
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Dedham Police Department Issues Safety Guidelines to Motorists and Pedestrians after Two Fatal Incidents in Three Months
DEDHAM — Police Chief Michael J. d’Entremont and the Dedham Police Department is issuing safety guidelines to drivers and pedestrians after two pedestrians were tragically killed crossing town streets over the past three months.
Last Friday, a woman was killed by a hit and run driver when crossing a street. The alleged driver has since been taken into custody. In late September, another woman was struck and killed crossing High Street on her way to 7 a.m. mass at St. Mary’s Church.
According to the CDC, 445 pedestrians are injured across the country every day. After these two recent pedestrian deaths, Dedham Police Department would like to remind pedestrians and drivers alike to be careful when on the roads.
“A single pedestrian death is one too many,” Chief d’Entremont said. “If we follow some basic guidelines, drivers and pedestrians alike, we can all work together to keep people safe on the roads and crossing the streets.”
Some pedestrian safety tips include:
Only cross the street at crosswalks
Always use the crosswalk signals.
Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible.
Wear reflective clothing or carry a flashlight in the evening or during the late afternoon hours in the fall and winter.
When walking in the road, walk in the shoulder, and always and walk facing the traffic.
Put down electronic devices and always look both ways when crossing.
Take headphones out so you can hear what is around you.
Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to make sure they are aware you are there. Do not assume they will stop just because you are in a crosswalk.
Try to avoid anything that prevents you from being seen by drivers such as large trees, parked cars, buses, etc.
Remember, as it can with driving, alcohol and drugs can impair your safety when walking.
Police also remind drivers of the following:
If you can not see clearly in the evening or in a storm, slow down so that you can keep your eyes out for pedestrians
If a vehicle is stopped in front of you, do not rush to pass. A pedestrian could be crossing.
Pay close attention near schools and near neighborhoods as children could be playing outside.
Stop for pedestrians in a cross walk.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the US for children aged 5-19 is unintentional pedestrian injury. Therefore it is important to speak with your children about the importance of being careful while walking near roads.
The Dedham Police Department will also be aggressively enforcing the traffic laws. Motorists who fail to yield to pedestrians will be stopped and cited.