Macon-Bibb County officials say the county has the second highest pedestrian fatality rate in Georgia. Some roads in Macon-Bibb County aren't the safest to travel on.
According to the county's Fatality Review Board, the intersection of Gray Highway and Shurling Drive is one of the most dangerous.
Starla Moore works at the Valero gas station near the intersection. She said she has to be careful when she walks to work. “I've seen someone in a wheelchair get in an accident with a car,” said Moore.
Macon-Bibb County Health Department Administrator Nancy White said the pedestrian fatality rate in Macon-Bibb County is “not acceptable.” Macon-Bibb County Health officials are hosting a "Pedestrian Safety Stakeholder Summit" to discuss the county's plan to make roads safer. “Zero deaths and zero injuries are the standard that we want to live by,” said White. “No level of injury or death is acceptable.”
Officials said the summit will allow pedestrians to hear new plans about improving city roads. There will be many speakers their including Mayor Reichert, GDOT representatives, and Georgia's Highway Safety Director.
Until new changes are made, officials said stay alert if you're crossing the street. Experts say if you have to cross a busy intersection, look at the crosswalk signs and always use the crosswalk.
“People want their communities to be places where they are safe to walk to bicycle and to be out and live a healthy lifestyle.”
The Pedestrian Summit is scheduled for Tuesday, August 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Government Center on Poplar Street.