MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is helping pedestrians arrive alive in Macon-Bibb. The office is renewing a grant for the Macon-Bibb Pedestrian Safety Review Board.
With pedestrians “On the Move,” the city and state are working together to educate the community on cross walk safety.
“What we did years ago with seat belts, we used children to educate the adults and we’re going to do that again with pedestrian safety,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Harris Blackwood said.
He adds, pedestrian fatalities are down across the Peach State.
“The best news, over all, is we’re 104 fatalities on same day, compared to the same day last year. That’s a significant drop, that’s 7-percent. That’s the first time we’ve done that in 4-years,” Blackwood said.
Blackwood and Macon-Bibb County Pedestrian Safety Review Board Member Violet Poe both agree, improvements can still be made.
“Committed to working with the entire community to decrease the number of pedestrian injuries and fatalities,” Poe said.
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety is granting over $24,000 to Macon-Bibb’s Pedestrian Safety Review Board for its Pedestrian “On the Move” initiative.
“Through educational intervention with students in the southwest school zone three of the schools which are Ingram-Pye Elementary, Ballard-Hudson Middle, and Southwest High School,” Poe said.
The board is piloting a new initiative, Alive “Beyond 92.” It’s getting youth active and educated on pedestrian safety. The board will also have four mini presentations for non-profit organizations.
These initiatives will start in February.