BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - New data from the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission shows fatal crashes involving pedestrians and vehicles are on the rise. The stats show that in 2012, Louisiana had the highest recorded number of pedestrian deaths since 1997. Although most fatalities happen during the evening and on the weekends, people should be on alert during the daytime too.
The injuries may not be as severe, but EMS workers say they see an increase in pedestrian injuries this time of the year.
"After the winter time is over, especially after the winter we had this year, we'd expect people to get out there in the spring and be jogging and walking with strollers and dogs and things like that," says Mike Chustz with EMS. "But the more people you get on the highway, the more incidents you're probably going to see."
Officials encourage pedestrians to stay alert, wear reflective clothes and be especially careful if you're wearing headphones.
Drivers should slow down in areas with high foot traffic and make sure to keep their windows clean.