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South Carolina police hoping program prevents pedestrian deaths

South Carolina police have some reason to be optimistic: the amount of traffic-related fatalities has headed downward with nearly 200 fewer deaths last year compared to the year before. Yet there is also more work to be done because the incidents of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities as a result of being hit by a car are now on the rise. To combat this growing trend, the police are introducing the SEE program, which stands for Stop, Educate and Enforce.

This program is aimed at ensuring pedestrians and cyclists are following proper rules of the road and to help promote overall better safe behaviors for everyone involved. If police officers come across pedestrians or cyclists who are engaging in less-than-safe behavior, the officers will stop and talk to them as well as give them places to go for more safety information. There is good reason to take this information seriously because serious injuries such as broken bones or spinal cord damage are a strong possibility when getting involved in a pedestrian accident or a bicycle accident with a motor vehicle.

Among the lessons that the police are hoping to encourage are increasing nighttime visibility and cycling with traffic instead of against it. In addition to these lessons, it is also important to be mindful of your surroundings and for pedestrians to stick to the sidewalks or road shoulders.

For many pedestrians and bicyclists involved in an accident with a vehicle, they were being mindful of the rules and were simply involved in an accident not caused by any lack of attention or improper safety procedures on their part. While it is important for pedestrians to always be mindful and to refresh themselves on proper safety procedures, accidents will still unfortunately occur. Because of this, pedestrians should also be aware of their legal rights in the event that something unfortunate does take place.

Source:, "S.C. police launch program to help protect pedestrians, cyclists," Nicole E. Smith, April 25, 2012


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