A Clearwater man died Tuesday while crossing Roosevelt Boulevard and now something may be done to avoid another tragic accident.
According to ABC Action News, Robert K. Laine was walking north across Roosevelt Boulevard just west of Morgan Street when he was struck by a Chevy Cavalier, Sadly, he died at the scene.
Following this death and neighbors’ outcry, the state is taking action to help pedestrians and cyclists who put their lives in danger each day trying to cross Roosevelt Boulevard.
According to the report, neighbors said the nearest crosswalk in the area is too far away. As a result, pedestrians and bicyclists often take the risk of crossing Roosevelt without a crosswalk. ABC Action News states that monitored the intersection for under an hour and found at least seven different instances of people crossing in the middle of the road.
People who live in the area say they have seen multiple accidents with pedestrians and cyclists, as well as many near misses. Also, I drive this road many times, especially at night, and often see pedestrians cross Roosevelt Road near where this fatal crash occurred.
ABC Action News contacted the Florida Department of Transportation, who now says they will conduct a traffic study in the area. That will include taking traffic counts, looking at where the nearest crosswalks are located, pedestrians counts, reviewing crash data and more, said FDOT Spokesperson Kris Carson. A traffic study is one of the first steps to installing a new crosswalk.
Yes, pedestrians and bicyclists should always use the crosswalks. However, drivers have an obligation to watch out for pedestrians and bicyclists. When approaching a pedestrian or bicyclist, drivers should keep an eye on them to see what their intentions are. This added attention could prevent a tragic fatal accident.
Drive, walk and ride safely and watch out for those who don’t!
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