A rash of pedestrian accidents - all involving teens - has drawn attention to teaching young men and women pedestrian safety and pedestrian accident prevention.

Snohomish County Sees Sudden Increase In Pedestrian Accidents

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

MSNBC and the Everett Herald report that pedestrian accidents in that area of Washington State have skyrocketed in 2009, with a startling number of teenagers being struck by cars when walking on the roads. In just the last month, five teens in Snohomish County have suffered serious injuries after being hit by vehicles.

All five children survived, although all were rushed to hospital emergency rooms. A number were taken to Harborview Medical Center, where western Washington's trauma unit is located. Most suffered a number of broken bones and internal injuries, while one young man suffered brain injuries that will likely cause chronic problems or be permanent.

"I'm not even sure why this is happening," Marysville Fire District and Snohomish County SafeKIDS spokeswoman Kristen Thorstenson said Friday. "Kids are paying less attention, and so are drivers."

Two boys have been hit in Marysville, WA, and three boys have been hit in Everett, WA. One 14-year-old boy in Marysville was struck by a car while crossing the street at an intersection against a green light. A second boy in Marysville ran across the street from behind a bus on February 12. The truck driver that hit him didn't have time to come to a full stop and collided with the pedestrian.

Snohomish County sheriff spokesperson Rebecca Hover reminded both young people and their parents to remember the basics of pedestrian safety - wear reflective clothing at night, walk facing oncoming traffic, don't jaywalk, remove headphones, and use sidewalks when possible. Marysville schools will also be providing their students with safety information to curb the number of teen pedestrian accidents in the area.

Thorstenson also asked driver to be extra attentive, especially when driving at night or near school zones.

"We drivers seem to be more in a hurry than in times past. I'm not so sure we're paying attention like we should be," Thorstenson said. "We need to slow down a little bit and watch what's going on."

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