Hit and run: protecting pedestrians

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. In response to a rising number of hit and runs in the state, legislators have created Medina Alerts, Amber Alert-style notifications sent out to the public to help authorities find vehicles who sped off after a serious accident, but more still has to be done.

In 2012 seventeen vehicle crashes in Grand Junction involved pedestrians and nother twenty-eight involved bicyclists.

And now the city along with some help from law enforcement is making the roads safer while cracking down on those who attempt to flee the scene.

"We have added curb, gutter, side walk for pedestrian space, we've added bike lanes," says Grand Junction Engineering Manager, Trent Prall. "Bikers are welcome to be on the sidewalk everywhere in the city of Grand Junction, actually anywhere where it's not specifically prohibited."

In 2012, Grand Junction saw nearly twenty crashes involving pedestrians and in almost half of those, the driver was found to be at fault.

About twenty years ago, the City of Grand Junction started the "complete streets" project aimed at improving the safety of our roadways.

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