Tonight there is news that the number of people who are out walking and killed by cars is on the rise. We were surprised when abc's david kerley told us why, told us the reason. Reporter: It can... See More
Tonight there is news that the number of people who are out walking and killed by cars is on the rise. We were surprised when abc's david kerley told us why, told us the reason. Reporter: It can happen in a blink. A car can't stop and a pedestrian dummy serves as a statement of an alarming problem. At just 35 miles per hour there is just a fraction of a second to react. A pedestrian is killed on our roads on average every two hours. Like this jogger in charlotte, someone on a road is hurt every 8 minutes. This man suffered minor injuries, the driver who left the scene later arrested. Most striking, half of pedestrian deaths involve alcohol. A third of the pedestrians killed, 1500 people, were walki walking drunk. 7 out of 10 pedestrian fatalities happen at night and often involve alcohol. Reporter: Walking drunks have become such a problem in england. Watch this man falling onto the rail trucks or this man who false onto the escalator and can't get off. This video warnings of the danger of walkers. Weekend nights are the most dangerous times. While the majority happen in cities, it's not at intersections. What can you do? Be predictable, follow the rules of the road. Never assume that a driver sees you, make eye contact. Alcohol is not the only problem. For both pedestrians and drivers, don't be distracted by your electronic device. It can take both your ears and eyes off the road. Distracted driving, distracted walking, we've got to encourage people to have an awareness that this problem is a real problem. Reporter: A real problem killing more than 4,000 every year. David kerley, abc news, washington.
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