Pregnant woman, child hit by car on A1A in Daytona Beach Shores

A recent study by Smart Growth America identified Florida as the second most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians with the Daytona Beach metro area as the deadliest.Police in Daytona Beach Shores are being proactive after two recent close calls with people in crosswalks, including a pregnant woman.A1A is the main thoroughfare in Daytona Beach Shores. The problem is drivers will blow through crosswalks as people are walking on them. That’s why the police are cracking down hard right now.“Even at slow speeds, a car will kill a pedestrian. It doesn’t have to be going very fast and there’s so many distracted drivers driving up and down A1A,” said Daytona Beach Shores police Chief Stephen Dembinsky.And so many pedestrians cross the state highway, whether from the west side to get to the beach, or residents in oceanside homes back and forth to do their shopping or go to dinner.“It’s terrible. You take your life in your hands everytime you cross this here,” resident John Milani said. Pictures from last weekend show when police say a pregnant woman carrying a 6-year-old was hit in a crosswalk. One driver stopped for the group, but another went around the stopped vehicle and hit them. Luckily the injuries were not life threatening. Last month, a pedestrian walking his dog at night in a crosswalk as lights flashed was hit by a motorcyclist. “He goes into the intersection. The motorcyclist hits his dog, kills the dog and hits him,” Dembinsky said. In that case, the injuries were life-threatening though both the pedestrian and motorcyclist are now recovering. Daytona Beach Shores police are actively monitoring the crosswalks, even running decoy operations. They want to make drivers aware though they say pedestrians have some responsibilities too.“No matter how many times I tell my residents. They feel emboldened by the fact that they are in a crosswalk and they should not,” Dembinsky said.Police have the option of giving drivers a warning or a ticket. It’s a moving violation with a financial penalty of $166. In the case of the pregnant woman, the driver did stop and was issued a citation. The motorcyclist who hit the pedestrian and his dog last month is facing criminal charges.

A recent study by Smart Growth America identified Florida as the second most dangerous state in the country for pedestrians with the Daytona Beach metro area as the deadliest.

Police in Daytona Beach Shores are being proactive after two recent close calls with people in crosswalks, including a pregnant woman.

A1A is the main thoroughfare in Daytona Beach Shores. The problem is drivers will blow through crosswalks as people are walking on them. That’s why the police are cracking down hard right now.

“Even at slow speeds, a car will kill a pedestrian. It doesn’t have to be going very fast and there’s so many distracted drivers driving up and down A1A,” said Daytona Beach Shores police Chief Stephen Dembinsky.

And so many pedestrians cross the state highway, whether from the west side to get to the beach, or residents in oceanside homes back and forth to do their shopping or go to dinner.

“It’s terrible. You take your life in your hands everytime you cross this here,” resident John Milani said.

Pictures from last weekend show when police say a pregnant woman carrying a 6-year-old was hit in a crosswalk. One driver stopped for the group, but another went around the stopped vehicle and hit them. Luckily the injuries were not life threatening. Last month, a pedestrian walking his dog at night in a crosswalk as lights flashed was hit by a motorcyclist.

“He goes into the intersection. The motorcyclist hits his dog, kills the dog and hits him,” Dembinsky said.

In that case, the injuries were life-threatening though both the pedestrian and motorcyclist are now recovering. Daytona Beach Shores police are actively monitoring the crosswalks, even running decoy operations. They want to make drivers aware though they say pedestrians have some responsibilities too.

“No matter how many times I tell my residents. They feel emboldened by the fact that they are in a crosswalk and they should not,” Dembinsky said.

Police have the option of giving drivers a warning or a ticket. It’s a moving violation with a financial penalty of $166.

In the case of the pregnant woman, the driver did stop and was issued a citation.

The motorcyclist who hit the pedestrian and his dog last month is facing criminal charges.