Drunk driving is not the only concern on Virginia roads
In September 2022, 112 pedestrians died as a result of auto accidents in Virginia. This year the number dropped to 89 but two alarming facts came to light. The age of the people dying is getting younger and in many cases, alcohol is a factor. DMV has revealed that pedestrian deaths have increased by 52% in the state and it's usually related to age and alcohol use.
The statistics show that over the past four years, most fatal pedestrian crashes occurred after dark in urban areas with the pedestrian crossing improperly or walking in the middle of the road. Alcohol has been the common denominator in these situations, and the average age has been 30.
Drinking and walking at night can prove fatal
DMV is asking pedestrians to be "extra careful" while walking at night and to plan for a ride home if they decide to drink. Gerald Lackey the DMV’s Governor's Highway Safety Representative shared the following with Wavy News.
““Call a licensed transportation service or designate a sober driver. Or, if you choose to walk, take the time to cross at an intersection, wait for the signal and make eye contact with the driver to make sure they plan to stop. Please walk safely and walk sober so you can arrive alive.”