Following several deadly crashes, Connecticut State Police advised drivers how to stay on the roads.
There have been five fatal motor vehicle crashes including three involving pedestrians in Connecticut in less than 24 hours.
In the last two years, there have 93 deadly crashes involving pedestrians out of 543 crashes. According to State Police Trooper Tyler Weerden, some deadly crashes are preventable.
“If they do have a reason to stop they should have a medical emergency or a vehicle emergency,” Weerden said. “In that situation, we are telling them to pull as far as they can off the road into the grass, put the vehicle hazards on and stay in the vehicle.”
Police said people should not stop in the shoulder unless they need to.
“The shoulder is just as dangerous as the travel lane,” Weerden said.
Pedestrians were advised to not put themselves in bad, possibly deadly situations.
“If you find yourself stuck on the side of the road, stay in the vehicle, your vehicle is made to sustain a crash. You are not,” Weerden said. “Your vehicle is going to act as a protective barrier for you.”
Police reminded residents about the move over law. No more if it is a police car, fire truck or another vehicle, drivers were told to move over and give them room to work.
“You don’t want to be anywhere near them,” Weerden said.
To avoid these type of deadly crashes, Weerden said “don't become a pedestrian.”
“If you are involved in an accident we often see people get, they are walking around their car, checking the damage. That is not something you should be doing on the side of the road,” Weerden said. “if you have any reason to stop get off the highway, find a parking lot, take care of what you need to take care of, then get back on the highway. The highway is no place for pedestrians.”
Weerden said drivers should “slow your speed” and “decrease your distractions,” if you face adverse situations.
“Time and distance is what is causing a lot of these accidents. people are going too fast and they are driving distracted and a hazard comes up in front of them -whether it is slowed traffic or a different crash and they are not able to stop on time,” Weerden said.
Drivers were advised to plan ahead when it comes to inclement weather and sun glare.
“Think ahead, know what is coming up in front of you and plan accordingly,” Weerden said.
State police said people become more distracted during the holiday season.
“People are running around. We see a big increase in accidents during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday,” Weerden said. “So we are just reminding people to remove those distractions. We don’t want to see anybody killed right before the holidays. Slow down, wear your seat belt and that is usually going to prevent a lot of the crashes.”
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