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Mid-Michigan roads dangerous for pedestrians

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Each year, dozens of people are hit and killed while enjoying the nice weather or going a walk.

The streets of mid-Michigan are downright dangerous to pedestrians who fear they could be run down by a motorist just around the bend.  

Chiquita Sanchez lives a few yards off of South Dort Highway in Burton. According to Smart Growth America, a national safety group, 78 pedestrians died on South Dort Highway between 2003 and 2012. 

Sanchez said she thinks she knows why so many pedestrian deaths occur in the area.

"Depending on the condition of the people coming out of (bars and strip clubs) there could be a lot of problems," Sanchez said.

According to Smart Growth America mid-Michigan leads the state in the percentage of pedestrians killed in Michigan. 

A map shows more than 1,300 mid-Michigan pedestrians died during a nine year period. Based on population, the most were in Flint, Bay City, Saginaw and Saginaw Township.

Jeremy Sparling said he frequently walks around the Flint area with his 4-year-old son. Sparling points out the problem might be with pedestrians. 

"A lot of people around here, they don't really pay attention. They're not aware of their surroundings," Sparling said.

James Crowl blames drivers.
"They fly through here. When it's yellow, they speed up. I had to run across the street as fast as I could without someone running me over," Crowl said.

Walking down roads in mid-Michigan may not be a walk in the park, but some Michigan residents said they've developed strategies to help them out along the way. 

"I stay safe by paying attention to the cars and paying attention at the crosswalk," Sparling said.

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