Lexington Police trying to prevent pedestrian deaths after record year

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Lexington saw a record 14 fatal pedestrian accidents in 2018, despite fewer people overall dying on Fayette County roads last year.

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Lexington Police are trying to bring pedestrian deaths down in 2019 with a social media campaign that goes back to basics.

"The rules of the road for pedestrians is very basic. We're taught as kids to look both ways before you cross the street and that's still very applicable as adults," said Sgt. Randall Combs with Lexington PD's collision reconstruction unit.

Sgt. Combs said the uptick in pedestrian fatalities last year is hard to explain; the people who get hit come from all walks of life.

"We see college students, professionals, homeless - some of our homeless population have been hit," Combs said.

Combs said it's often the walkers themselves who are at fault in an accident.

"If you're going to walk, we would encourage you always to cross somewhere that you're legally allowed to do so, so in a clearly marked crosswalk, and wait for the walk signal. Don't try to beat the light or cross against traffic."

Dark clothing can make it difficult for drivers on the road to see you, Combs said. Bright or reflective clothing can help pedestrians be spotted more easily.

Combs said preventing pedestrian accidents is up to drivers, too.

"Put down cell phones, do not be distracted by your radio, iPod, any kind of devices in your car, but to have your attention completely on the roadway and be expecting the unexpected," Combs said.

Lexington recently lowered speed limits on some of the city's busiest streets to help make them safer for walkers and bikers.

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