ASU PD shining the spotlight on crosswalk safety

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)  "I was like so close to the car I could touch it almost," said ASU Student, Ashley Reeves.

"It's very scary.   I see people almost get hit everyday," said ASU Student, Jeremy Mitchell.

Raising awareness of that potential danger in crosswalks is something some ASU students welcome.

"I think it's a great thing," said ASU Student, Jake Thomas.

"It is a good idea," said Reeves.

An idea spearheaded by Officer Traci Simpson at the ASU Police Department.

"We have a lot of close calls out here daily with students almost getting hit by vehicles," said Officer Simpson.

For Officer Simpson, this effort to raise awareness is close to her heart.

"About 2 years ago, I was out here on patrol, just started my patrol shift and was hit by a vehicle out here," said Officer Simpson.

She wants to make sure no one else suffers the same fate, and hopes Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day will help.

"Not only am I trying to get the word out campus wide, but I'm trying to get it out citywide and statewide as well," said Officer Simpson.

Because these crosswalks are everywhere--near hospitals, schools, high traffic areas that could be dangerous.

"Oh I was just in a hurry, I'm running late.   Don't make that be your excuse to that person that you hit," said Officer Simpson.

Officer Simpson stresses that everyone needs to be paying attention in those crosswalks--pedestrians, those on bikes, and those behind the wheel.

"I'm just hoping to open everybody's eyes," said Officer Simpson.

While the Crosswalk Safety Awareness Day was recognized campus wide on Tuesday,  Simpson says the awareness needs to be there everyday.

For a list of some of those rules for drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians when it comes to crosswalks, click on the link associated with this story.

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