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Pedestrian Struck, Injured in Raleigh, NC

A woman sustained serious injuries after being struck by a car in Raleigh, North Carolina (NC), at the intersection of Duraleigh and Pleasant Valley roads around 7 pm on February 9, 2012. The driver of the car was not injured, and police haven't said whether the man will be charged.

My thoughts go out to the woman, and I wish her a speedy recovery. No pedestrian should ever be in a situation like this. Sadly, hwever, such accidents are all too common. During the winter, when night falls early, drivers can have difficulties seeing people crossing streets. This puts people on foot in danger.

If you decide to go for an evening walk, always obey traffic laws. Cross streets only at crosswalks or corners and do your best to stay in well-lit areas. If possible, wear light-colored or refective clothing to make yourself easier to see. Also, don't just put on your headphones and zone out; you need to be able to hear the traffic.

Drivers should also take extra care when traveling at night, particularly through neighborhoods. Always obey speed limits and traffic laws, and yield to crossing pedestrians. It could save a life.


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