Group wants to put an end to pedestrian and bicyclist deaths on the Outer Banks

Posted at 6:59 PM, Apr 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-12 18:59:44-04

Outer Banks, NC - With the warmer weather comes more traffic on the Outer Banks and a greater risk to pedestrians and cyclists alike.

A new group formed earlier this year is pushing to make the entire area safer for both groups.

The Outer Banks Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Coalition is a group of law enforcement, elected officials and business owners who are working on a public safety, education and outreach program.

The group says nearly 50 pedestrians and cyclists are injured or killed every year on the Outer Banks.

"We want to take that number of 50 and bring it down to zero. That's our mission," explains Max Dutton, a Dare County Commissioner who heads the coalition.

The mission of the group is a deeply personal one for Dutton.

"My brother Danny was killed in a pedestrian - automotive accident and it's just near and dear to my heart," Dutton explained.

The group has already created a public safety training and awareness video.

You can view that here.

The group has also partnered with NCDOT to provide educational brochures and bumper stickers to residents, tourists and foreign workers alike.