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Utah woman pushing for crosswalk safety improvements after teen killed in accident

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Kylie Jones is working to change Utah crosswalks to make them safer for pedestrians. She has started a petition to encourage lawmakers to install lights at every crosswalk where the speed limit is more than 25 miles per hour.Jones says she was inspired to start the petition after a group of boys was hit by a car in Taylorsville on Saturday while trick-or-treating. One of the boys was killed. Jones hopes an added layer of safety will cause drivers to take a second look.

 

Utah Highway Safety Office spokesperson Jason Mettmann says 36 pedestrians have lost their lives on Utah roads this year, and 38% of all pedestrian crashes have occured in a crosswalk. He says that number is far too big.

 

Jones hopes her voice, along with the voices of hundreds of others who want to see safety improvements in Utah, will help save lives in the future. She says she will do what she can. 

Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!