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TriMet campaign reminds people to pay attention when crossing streets, tracks

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A TriMet campaign called "Stay Alert, Stay Alive" has released some heart-stopping videos to make a serious point about paying attention to what's around you.

They serve as a reminder to walk with your head up and keep track of what is going on around you, especially when crossing streets or tracks.

One video shows a man walking right by the tracks looking down at what looks like a cell phone. When he turns to cross right in front of the MAX, he gets hit. A woman nearby comes to help him back up and he seems to be just fine.

Another shows a cyclist in the bicycle lane when he just crosses in front of a bus. He doesn't even look as he starts to cross. The bus is then forced to cross into oncoming traffic, and that cyclist falls over right in the middle of the street.

One shows a MAX train approaching, but a cyclist does not realize it at first. She moves out of the way just in time.

Fox 12 talked to one woman who works in downtown Portland who says everyone needs to pay better attention.

"People get so busy in getting where they need to go, that they really do get distracted and safety is a huge concern, especially because you can hear sirens," said Julie Jones. "I work close to here and that is something that is distracting overall and people, they just don't pay attention and it can be from professionals to people who are homeless. It really is a combination."

Last year, TriMet says there were 64 pedestrian-related crashes, and this year, they want that number to be much lower.

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