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Deadly accidents prompt LMPD to warn drivers and pedestrians to exercise caution while on roads

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Drive and walk smart: That's the message from LMPD after an increase in deadly accidents this year.

LMPD says 109 people have died in accidents in 2016. The majority involve vehicles, but seven have been pedestrian deaths.

Police say fatal accidents involving motorcycles are also on the rise. They attribute this to speeding, lack of safety equipment, and alcohol consumption. These accidents are not limited to just one area of the city.

"We call it a shotgun blast," Sgt. William Patterson of LMPD's Traffic Unit. "Every part of the city is affected by fatal accidents. There is no one place that is affected more than others. Last year, we could have said yes to that, but this year it's been pretty well spread out."

LMPD says if you are out walking, don't wear dark clothing and limit your alcohol intake.

Police have created a flyer that will be passed out at biking events to remind motorcyclists of safe practices.

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