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VSP report an alarming number of pedestrian vehicle crashes

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Virginia State Police (VSP) report an alarming number of pedestrian vehicle crashes.

VSP are urging drivers and pedestrians to both be cautious and mindful of road way safety.

Since February 11 there have been 10 pedestrian fatalities with 19 recorded this year so far.

Prince William recorded 2 deaths, Loudoun, Fairfax, Albemarle, Chesterfield, Henrico, Pittsylvania, Wythe Counties and Virginia Beach have each recorded one death by vehicle pedestrian crashes.

Pedestrians and motorists both are asked to be extra cautious particularly at intersections.

Pedestrians are reminded to use crosswalks where available and follow the rules of the road.

Drivers are also asked to follow the rules of the road and avoid distractions.

Turning vehicles should be extra cautious and watch for pedestrians.

Virginia law states that pedestrians have the right of way if the pedestrian is using proper crosswalks and procedures.

In 2023 the Virginia State Police report that 118 pedestrians have died in vehicle crashes in Virginia.

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