Metro police warn drivers to be careful, urge pedestrians to use crosswalks

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Twelve people have died so far this year crossing the street. Nine of them were not using crosswalks.

Metro police worry more people will die as it gets darker earlier, and the department is warning drivers to be watchful and urging pedestrians to use crosswalks.

In 2015, 18 pedestrians died in fatal collisions. A contributing factor in 14 of those crashes was alcohol/drug impairment on the part of the pedestrian.

In 13 deaths, a contributing factor was pedestrian in the roadway outside of a crosswalk.

Metro police also say 26 percent of Nashville’s traffic fatalities in 2015 involved motorcycles. That’s 18 out of 69 crashes.

There have been 16 fatal crashes involving motorcycles so far in 2016. That represents approximately 28 percent of fatal crashes.