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Pedestrian fatalities increase for San Francisco, again

Late on Saturday, April 29, 2017, a pedestrian was struck and killed by a car near San Francisco State University, CBS Local News in San Francisco reported. Then on the following Monday, May 1, a pedestrian was killed in another car crash. This time the accident was in the early morning at the Octavia entrance ramp to south-bound Highway 101. These two fatalities increase the number of pedestrian deaths this year to five for the city, according to the CBS article.

With no end in sight to these tragedies, what can residents and visitors do to stay safe when walking San Francisco?

San Francisco has what has been termed "high-injury corridors," according to the safety advocacy group Walk SF. This means that certain streets have been found to cause a disproportionate number of pedestrian accidents and deaths. Additionally, elderly people reportedly make up a larger amount of the vehicle accident/pedestrian fatalities, at 60 percent.

The SF Municipal Transit Authority offers a few safety suggestions, including:

1. Pay attention. This may seem like a silly instruction; however, people have numerous things vying for their attention these days, so this is a logical area to focus on.

2. Reduce device use. When walking, don't be a cell phone zombie who doesn't look up from checking email and texts or surfing their Facebook feed.

3. Get drivers to see you. If you don't think a driver sees you at an intersection, wait until they do. This one precaution could save your life.

4. Use crosswalks with caution. Just because you are in a crosswalk and know that pedestrians have the right of way, this does not mean it is a good idea to cross the street without looking both ways.

You may be right that you have the right of way as a pedestrian. But wouldn't it be better to be alive than just be right?

Where do you think people should exercise extra caution when walking in the city?

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