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Safety measures for keeping pedestrians and drivers safe
NORTHWEST FLORIDA -- Northwest Florida can be a dangerous place for people on foot.
Many busy roads don't have any sidewalks or even crossing lights.
Places like Blue Angel Parkway and Sorrento Road in Escambia County.
Highway 90 in Santa Rosa County especially in the cities of Pace and Milton.
And many parts of Highway 98 including the Fort Walton Beach area of Okaloosa County.
What's being done to improve safety.
Walking along some of the dangerous roads in our area can certainly be perilous for pedestrians.
We're along Blue Angel Parkway here in Escambia County. And folks who live in this apartment complex behind me frequently have to cross this road. Sometimes at night without crosswalks, without streetlights as they make their way up around the corner towards the Walmart.
It can be a recipe for disaster.
"It's heartbreaking because: "There's a need, and in purpose and need, always, safety is first."
"Somebody had pushed a button before me, and I had just pushed it, and I saw I had seven seconds. That's why I ran."
This is what we need to see more of intersections with signals and crosswalk buttons.
That will help keep pedestrians and drivers on the same page, and reduce our number of deadly accidents.