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Crosswalk Safety In Sioux Falls

December 16, 2013, 5:00 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Crosswalk Safety In Sioux Falls
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

Monday's hit and run is a somber reminder to everyone on the road to be cautious at all times.

"We have approximately 4,000 employees that come to and from this campus everyday. So safety is very important to us. Not only for our employees, but clearly for anyone who comes to our campus," Vice President of Facilities and Planning at Sanford Health Orlen Tschetter said.

Without enough spaces in the ramps adjacent to buildings, many of those employees, patients and visitors have to park in lots across the street.

According to Sioux Falls police, the pedestrian who was hit was not walking in a designated crosswalk at the time she was struck.

While the City is responsible for placing crosswalks on city streets, Sanford helps.

"We provide them the information that they need to help make decisions about where's the most appropriate place for those crosswalks and what type of pedestrian safety would be required," Tschetter said.

Not all crosswalks in the city are clearly marked, and Sioux Falls Police Public Information Officer Sam Clemens says the rules of a crosswalk can vary, depending on the situation and location.

"The heavier roads, the roads that have more traffic, those are designated crosswalks in it. Just to help remind motorists. But any time a person is crossing corner to corner, that's a designated crosswalk," Clemens said.

Sanford holds monthly director meetings to talk about safety. 

Unfortunately, nothing serves as a more effective teaching tool than an incident like the one on Monday.

Clemens says the woman who was hit suffered life-threatening injuries.

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