Saturday, May 12, 2012 | 2:01 a.m.
The more frequent incidents involving drivers and pedestrians must have a multi-approach solution.
Drivers of cars, buses, trucks and other motorized vehicles need to pay attention to pedestrians walking instead of distractions — such as texting, talking on cellphones and conversations with other passengers — plus follow the rules of the road, including slowing down.
Pedestrians also need to be aware of what’s around them, and children should be taught how to cross streets safely so they don’t get struck or nearly struck by vehicles.
Have law enforcement hand out more tickets to both drivers and pedestrians to send a message about behaviors such as jaywalking, speeding, etc.
Get parents, teachers, principals or others to help kids cross safely with crossing guards, who already do a good job.
Finally, install more crosswalk signals. There is a new one being tested, but it costs $85,000 for each. They could be installed at the highest traffic areas (both pedestrian and driver).
Every party involved in crosswalk safety must be responsible, and all solutions have to be implemented so that fewer incidents occur.