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Macon-Bibb leads in pedestrian deaths

They're the simple rules we've known most of our lives: look both ways, wear bright clothing and use crosswalks, but that hasn't kept Bibb County from beating the national average...on a list no community wants to lead

Some federal safety agencies say the number of fatal pedestrian accidents are on the rise.

In 2013, the county had more pedestrian deaths than Columbus, Ohio, Baltimore, Boston, and Washington D.C. had the year before. Bibb, with its population of 150,000, even beat out the entire state of Maine, whose population is1.3 million.

They're kicking off a campaign to reduce those deaths.

13WMAZ spoke with those behind the wheel and some admitted jaywalkers about why Bibb can't seem to put pedestrian deaths in its rearview mirror.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Highway Administration awarded more than 1 million dollars in grants to three cities for public education and enforcement programs geared toward pedestrian safety.

They say more than 47 hundred pedestrians died on the nation's roadways in 2012.


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