DULUTH, MN– MnDOT wants to remind drivers and pedestrians to keep an extra eye out for each other as fall begins.
Officials say partly due to shorter days and more hours of darkness, pedestrian crashes and fatalities increase during the fall months.
According to MnDOT, 33 pedestrians have died so far this year as a result of vehicle crashes. This is compared to 45 pedestrians who died last year, and 42 who died in 2017.
Minnesota crosswalk law includes these highlights:
-Motorists must stop for pedestrians crossing at all intersections, event if there aren’t crosswalks or stop lights
-When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear should never pass the stopped vehicle
-Drivers should scan the road and sides of the road ahead for pedestrians
-Drivers stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of their stopped vehicle
-Motorists and pedestrians should avoid distractions and dangerous behavior
-Pedestrians should obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them
-Pedestrians shouldn’t enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop
Click here for the full crosswalk law and to see additional safety tips.