Grand Rapids launches pedestrian safety initative

Sep 12, 2017
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The City of Grand Rapids has launched a new pedestrian safety initiative that officials hope will lead to fewer traffic accidents involving pedestrians in Grand Rapids. 

“We are looking to both improve pedestrian experiences and safety around town with the ultimate goal of reducing injuries and saving lives in Grand Rapids,”  Grand Rapids Traffic Safety Manager Chris Zull said, adding that Kent County has the third highest percentage of accidents involving pedestrians in the state.

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A 7-year-old student was struck by a car on Tuesday morning while crossing a crosswalk near a Grand Rapids school.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says the vehicle drove through the crosswalk at about 8 a.m. near Burton Elementary School as the girl attempted to catch up to a group of students ahead of her.

Her head was struck by the vehicle’s driver’s side mirror.

The student was alert at the scene.

She was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries.

Police say the driver was cited for the incident.