More hours of darkness this time of year can contribute to an increased number of crashes between people driving and walking. Anne Meyer with MnDOT is urging travelers to use caution.

“So when you’re driving that means watch for people walking, stop for people crossing the road and slow down, speed can make a big difference and when you’re walking just remember, be alert for turning vehicles, look in all lanes of traffic before you cross the road.”

Motor vehicle crashes have killed 45 pedestrians in 2021, which is nine more pedestrian deaths than this time last year.