MoDOT launches statewide campaign to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities -

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MoDOT and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety say speed plays a key role in preventing pedestrian fatalities.

"If you see pedestrians or somebody on the side of the roadway, it's best if it’s safe to merge over or at least slow down when you’re passing them," says Van Loo.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and fewer cars on the road, Missouri traffic fatalities are also up this year. There have been 402 traffic fatalities in Missouri in 2020, compared to 359 at this time last year.

MoBikeFed comment: Following the link to listen to Brian Hauswirth's full interview with Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) child passenger and bike-pedestrian safety coordinator Tara Van Loo:

FYI when MoDOT Statewide Bike/Ped Coordinator Ron Effland retired last year, MoDOT split the Bike/Ped Coordinator responsibilities among three MoDOT employees. Van Loo is the one tasked with coordinating statewide bicycle and pedestrian safety issues.

More about MoDOT's Bike/Ped program here: