SAN JOSE (KCBS) –San Jose has seen a record number of pedestrian fatalities this year. There have been 20 in 2011, compared with just seven last year. It’s the highest number of fatalities in the city since at least 2005.

”It’s very hard to put your finger on one specific cause, but I think pedestrians need to pay a little bit more attention to whether the driver sees them, and use the cross walk as well,” said San Jose Police spokesman Jason Dwyer. “The drivers also need to stay off their cell phones and drive the speed that will allow them to stop.”

He said that the deaths have occurred all over the city.

KCBS’ Matt Bigler Reports:

”They’re very spread out and they’re difficult to predict,” said Dwyer. “We don’t have one area of the city right now that is known for auto vs. pedestrian fatalities.

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