Just this weekend a truck pulling a boat and trailer hit a twelve year old girl crossing the street in Gresham.
While she survived, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is highlighting the increase in pedestrian deaths throughout the state.
“Distracted driving is becoming a twin brother of driving while intoxicated and it’s another one of those that’s completely and totally preventable,” says Randy Shultz.
Shultz says he sees it on NWTC’s campus.
“People leaving the school or walking into the school from the parking lot with their head down on their phones and not paying attention to what’s going on around them,” he says.
Green Bay police say there’s always extra concern in areas where there’s high traffic and kids like the intersection of Eliza and Monroe.
“The city has provided the crosswalks and very clear signage, however the vehicle traffic is heavy and often times there are complaints that the vehicles are not obeying the speed limit,” GBPD traffic operator Brad Strouf.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation reported Brown county saw four fatal pedestrian accidents last year.
Last year there were 59 pedestrian fatalities in the state – that’s up from 49 in 2016.
Strouf says with the summer months headed our way they plan to make sure pedestrians are safe.
“We certainly will focus our deployments and our activity around places that have public pools, basketball courts, things like that the kids are obviously gravitating toward.”
The Green Bay police department recently received a grant for more than $11,000 to further its efforts to make high traffic areas more pedestrian-friendly.