Polk County, Florida -- Polk County has a pedestrian problem, and it puts the county 9th in the state for fatalities and 10th for injuries. Cyclists are included on the list, too.
An example of a dangerous stretch of road is State Road 37 in Lakeland, where there have been so many accidents, the city even installed pedestrian islands in some areas. An ironic way of showing how much they're needed? A construction worker on the project was even killed by a car on site himself.
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The most dangerous crash sites in the county happened along U.S. 92, State Road 92, State Road 659 and State Road 37 in Lakeland, along with State Road 544 in Winter Haven and County Road 655 in Wahneta.
Polk County is working on pedestrian safety.
Tom Deardoff of the Polk Transportation Planning Organization says the findings gave the county a renewed focus to concentrate on safety.
Deardorff says growing population is partially to blame, and admits, the solution to the accidents isn't as simple as telling pedestrians to wear light-colored clothing.
"That's true…it's broad based [as well] on education. The solution may partially be a media campaign to remind people that safety of our children and of pedestrians, it depends on they behavior and of motorists."
It'll take months of planning and analyzing streets and crash data to get to the root of why these accidents happen.
Deardorff says a safety report will be compiled over the next year.