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Cedar Rapids police warn against jaywalking

So far 11 pedestrians have been hit by vehicles

Every day, people put their lives in danger by attempting to cross busy corridor roads.

Last year, the Cedar Rapids Police Department reported 33 pedestrians were struck by vehicles. So far this year, there have been 11 accidents involving pedestrians and police expect it to increase.

Police said they see more cases of jaywalking during warmer months.

“We what to use this as an opportunity to impart a safety message. That if you're a pedestrian you have to be constantly viligant and the most important to protect yourself. Always use the crosswalks,” said Cedar Rapids Police Department’s public safety Communication Coordinator Greg Buelow.

Buelow also said that both drivers and pedestrians should aware of one another and put down their cell phones and focus on the roads.

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