Trick or Treaters will be hitting the streets of Fresno for Halloween and we have some important information for parents to keep your children safe. We’ve uncovered new information about the dangers for pedestrians just in time to provide a warning. We’ve worked with the Fresno Police Department for weeks to gather all of the locations where pedestrians have been hit by cars this year in Fresno.
Pedestrians have been hit by cars more than 100 times in Fresno already this year. Lieutenant Steve Card sees the danger, especially at night.
“I work at night time and I’m driving and I see frequently opportunities for an injury a vehicle versus pedestrian collision that I have to be very vigilant myself about,” said Lt. Card.
We acquired a map from investigators with all of the pedestrian crashes this year marked by a yellow pin. Along Blackstone Avenue there have been 17 pedestrian crashes and along Shaw Avenue there have been nine, but scattered pins show a citywide problem.
Valley Children’s Trauma Nurse Carlos Flores says glow sticks and reflective clothing are a must because halloween night is one of the most dangerous for pedestrians.
“If a person, or even a child is struck by a vehicle going 40 miles per hour or faster that’s usually a very severe injury to a fatal type of injury,” said Flores.
At the Spirit Halloween Store Carrie and her son Zach say they’ve made plans to stay safe.
“We try to stay on the sidewalks as much as possible and we go in a big group and they are not alone. We stay at the end of the driveway when they go up to the houses to trick or treat,” Carrie said.
Lieutenant Card and his officers will be watching closely and hope both drivers and pedestrians can avoid tragedy.
“The reality is in a densely populated city a city of over half a million people there’s enough pedestrian traffic especially at nighttime that these things can happen,” said Lt. Card.
Investigators say a majority of these crashes pedestrians were to blame, but this is why drivers have to be ready. Officers say the only way to crack down on the number of people being hit by cars is to put the cell phone away and stop the distracted driving.