By East County Magazine
View a detailed list of pedestrian accidents resulting in serious injuries or deaths in El Cajon
March 5, 2015 (El Cajon)--El Cajon has had 17 fatality pedestrian accidents from 2011 to 2014, including six on Main and East Main Street. The city also had 61 serious injury accidents involving pedestrians during the same period. During the first few weeks of 2015, fatal pedestrian accidents have claimed more lives, including a 7-year-old boy and an elderly woman in El Cajon.
Pedestrian accidents are serious problems region-wide. In 2012, the city of San Diego ranked 8th in the nation for most pedestrian fatalities, with 22 deaths.
Here are some tips for pedestrians to stay safe.
Cross the street only at marked intersections. It’s against the law to jaywalk and more importantly, motorists aren’t expecting to see pedestrians in the middle of the block. Use crosswalks where available and always wait for the “walk” symbol before crossing the street.
Always look both ways before crossing a street, even if you have a green light or walk symbol, in case a vehicle runs the light.
Accompany young children crossing the street, since a driver may not be able to see a small child.
When walking at night, wear light-colored clothing so motorists can see you.
In urban areas, always walk on sidewalks, never in the street or bike lane.
El Cajon Police Department has launched a pedestrian safety campaigned called “Check Before You Step.” Asked why so many serious pedestrian accidents are occurring in El Cajon, the Department declined to comment.