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City leaders launch Pedestrian Safety campaign

It's often said the lifeblood of any city is its downtown. The truth of that notion could be realized in Little Rock. From President Clinton Avenue to Capitol Street, folks come and go on foot.
LITTLE ROCK, AR  -- It's often said the lifeblood of any city is its downtown.   The truth of that notion could be realized in Little Rock.  From President Clinton Avenue to Capitol Street, folks come and go on foot.

"It provides great entertainment for people watchers. It brings you a sense of vibrancy, a sense of life," said Sharon Priest, executive director of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership.

Downtown Little Rock Partnership Executive Director Sharon Priest likes the sight of it but wants drivers to be aware of pedestrians and cyclists.

"We have a lot of alleys downtown and cars go through those alleys and you have to be very careful if you're approaching a sidewalk or coming out of parking lots," Priest said.

Police worked twelve pedestrian-involved accidents last year, including the deadly one where a city bus driver hit Entergy employee David Wright.  That prompted city leaders to launch a pedestrian safety campaign, encouraging drivers to look both ways.

"It just really shook the entire company that something this tragic could happen," said James Jones, regional customer service manager for Entergy.

Drivers aren't the only ones to blame.  Leaders say pedestrians don't pay attention a lot of times because they're listening to music on their headphones or texting.  City leaders say it's all about obeying those common sense tips you received when you first learned how to walk and drive.

It could save a life.

"We didn't use to see people out walking their dogs, babies in strollers. We're seeing that now in downtown Little Rock and that tells me downtown is coming back to life," Priest said

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