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City looks to thwart pedestrian fatalities with PASS project

Posted at 6:19 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 18:19:19-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — People are growing more and more concerned as the number of pedestrian accidents rise and another tragic death in the Big Bend area over the weekend.

This was the second pedestrian killed by a car in just two weeks.

Hoping to make things safer for people on and off the road, the City of Tallahassee started what they call PASS projects in neighborhoods across the Capital City.

They said they plan to install more sidewalks and crosswalks after Sunday's accident and are even looking into guard rails for major intersections.

"Even one life is too many to be lost in such a trivial manner."

Lives like that of a pedestrian on North Monroe Street and Sharer Road this weekend and on October 31 when a person was hit on West Georgia and Pope St. at 2 a.m.

A major scene on the busy road.

The Tallahassee Police Department says at 11 a.m. Sunday, a vehicle left the roadway and hit a person on the side of the road.

The pedestrian was pronounced dead on the scene.

Commissioner Curtis Richardson says the city has made pedestrian safety a top priority this year.

"We have done a lot to include more sidewalks in the city," Richardson said. "We've got a multi-million dollar project of Zillah Road now and in the Fairview Middle School areas to get more pedestrian-friendly."

Projects like the Pedestrian and Street Safety project or PASS will allow for more sidewalks in certain areas.

Austin Aguirre says that's something that's needed.

"There's places where there's no sidewalks on either side," said Aguirre. "I do think it's convenient, especially to stop people from having to cross just to be safe on one side of the road."

The city says while they are taking steps to reduce the risks, drivers must take steps.

Both pedestrian cases are still being investigated.

If you are having issues with pedestrian safety in your community, the city asks that you contact them to investigate further.