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Summer Pedestrian Safety Warning

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PASCO, Washington - Police want to warn drivers and pedestrians to play it safe on the roads this summer.

According to the Washington Traffic Safety Commission the majority of the deaths occurred when people crossed the street without using the crosswalk.

More than 600 pedestrians have been killed on Washington state streets in the past eight years. They say the speed of the cars is a big factor in pedestrian deaths.  Only seven deaths were caused by cars moving less than 25 miles per hour.  At car speeds under 25 mph, a pedestrian has a 85-90% chance of surviving.   Cars going over 25 mph kill pedestrians 85-90% of the time.

Local police officers say they see more pedestrian accidents during the warmer months than any time of the year.