Police: Jaywalking is the reason for two accidents in the last 4 days

Posted at 7:28 PM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 19:28:44-04

"I saw a family crossing in the middle of the road," exclaims Kris Davis, "not at a crosswalk or anything, they waited in the center lane, and they had a baby in a stroller."

Kris Davis drives down MLK a lot, and she's shocked by the number of people she sees crossing the road illegally.

"They had to scurry between cars, and I was just concerned with the last incidents that we've had the last couple days," says Davis.

The two men who were hit over the past week were both crossing illegally, according to police.

There's about a half mile gap between the crosswalks, and LPD's Robert Merritt says there's not one around there because traffic doesn't allow for it.

"You're not really gonna see a crosswalk where there's a thru-traffic if you will, or there's not stop-and-go, or a traffic signal or a stop sign. Sort of an indicator for traffic to come to a stop to allow pedestrians to cross."

Still people are jaywalking and Merritt says that's one of the biggest concerns.

"You've gotta be able to follow the laws if you're a pedestrian as well as if you're in a car," he says.

But Davis says she doesn't see people following those laws, and she sees people jaywalking often.

"Oh yeah, all the time," she explains. "That's really busy with all the traffic and so any foot traffic around there, I think it just shouldn't be."

She thinks people should walk the extra distance to the crosswalk just to be safe:

"Safety first, you know? If you want to be walking tomorrow, take the crosswalk."