Take an afternoon drive down some Rockford city streets and you may be yielding to more pedestrians like Joe than traffic signals.
"The only option is walking on the street, it's the only clear path"
Joe is just one of dozens of people 23 news found strolling down local streets, he says the winter snow fall is taking up his walking room.
"They don't see you they are not used to seeing people walk on the man street but theirs really no where to walk"
Sgt.Paul Lipinsky with the Winnebago County sheriffs department disagrees, he says taking a stroll down city lanes ..is not only dangerous, it's illegal.
"The state statute requires that pedestrians must walk on the sidewalk if it's provided or if their is not one provided they must walk on the side of the roadway or towards oncoming traffic"
Information gathered by the fatality analysis reporting system and released in 2007 says more than 10 percent of all fatal accidents in the country involve pedestrians. County officials say anyone hitting the sidewalks...or the streets...should wear bright colored clothing and always walk *towards oncoming traffic. Of course until the snow melts, It's up to the driver to look both ways before crossing the street.