Preventing highway collisions

By Brandi Bailey

February 10, 2014 Updated Feb 10, 2014 at 7:43 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle Sunday on Route 17 West in Vestal after helping a disabled car.

While information on that incident is limited, area law enforcement uses this incident as a reminder to stay safe on the highway.

Law enforcement reminds drivers and pedestrians that vehicles move much faster on the highway.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder says law enforcement officers often have to keep one eye on the incident at hand, and another on the highway.

It's important to remember to keep your hazard lights on when pulling off to the shoulder of the road.

"Keep off the side of the road as much as possible and watch for the oncoming traffic in case they start sliding in a slippery situation," Harder said.

Law enforcement recommends people stay inside their vehicles, call 9-1-1 and wait for emergency responders to arrive.

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