Transportation Planning Authority demonstrates effect of speed in pedestrian accidents

Safety experts on Long Beach Island used a dummy to demonstrate what happens when cars hit pedestrians.

Safety experts on Long Beach Island used a

Safety experts on Long Beach Island used a dummy to demonstrate what happens when a cars hit pedestrians. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

LONG BEACH ISLAND - Safety experts on Long Beach Island used a dummy to demonstrate what happens when cars hit pedestrians.

The speed limit is 25 mph in many shore towns and David Behrend, of the Transportation Planning Authority, says going just 10 mph more can turn a near miss into a tragedy.

"Seems like you're driving so slow, but they may not appreciate what a difference those few miles make," says Behrend. 

New Jersey ranks 14th in the nation for fatal pedestrian accidents.

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