Bibb Sheriff’s Office: 5 of 7 pedestrians intoxicated when hit, killed by cars

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – New numbers from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office show nearly all of the people hit and killed while trying to cross the street in 2014 were under the influence. 

If you have to cross the road — don’t linger. 

“You always need to be prepared to react,” Lt. Brad Wolfe with the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office said. 

Cars traveling at high speeds are the norm on highways and expressways throughout Macon. It’s a recipe for disaster for anyone not paying attention. 

“Assume motorists don’t see you, look both ways before you cross the street, and get yourself across the street,” Wolfe said. 

He is making it his priority to get the word out to people who walk up and down the busy intersections that are sometimes poorly lit. 

Add that to the fact that several of the pedestrians fatally hit by vehicles in Bibb County in 2014 were intoxicated. 

“Five of the ten pedestrians were intoxicated or impaired which of course, just like driving, impairs your judgement, your senses and reactions and everything else,” Wolfe said. 

He says there isn’t one particular area where people are getting hit — and because of that, he’s urging everyone to be cautious.  

“The task of driving is the most important thing while you’re driving. Don’t be distracted by the radio or cell phone or talking with your friends in the car. You need to concentrate on driving,” Wolfe said. 

He adds it’s important to keep your eyes peeled if you’re walking.

“…on the left side of the road, facing traffic where you see what’s coming. You can try and react and be prepared for something a driver may do,” Wolfe said. 

Wolfe presented information to Macon-Bibb commissioners at their committee meeting on Tuesday. Leaders are considering creating a task force to study the fatalities and possibly recommending safety improvements.

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