Be aware when you're outside enjoying the weather

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DANVILLE (WSLS10) - Tuesday's warm weather made it easy for people to head outside for a walk or a jog. But security experts say outdoor enthusiasts need to be cautious.

Many people were out along Danville's Riverwalk Trail Tuesday.

"My husband's working out at the Y, so instead of sitting at home I decided to walk the dogs," said Nicole Hammel.

Many people may have a habit of zoning out while they're enjoying the weather, especially with all of the technology these days. But it's a habit police recommend trying to break in order to be more aware and safer.

For example, whether you're out for a jog, a bike ride, or a walk don't just put your headphones in and zone out. Always pay attention to what's around you.

In a report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association, the number of pedestrians hit and killed by cars in 2015 is expected to increase 10% from 2014, the largest increase ever.

One possible reason the report gives for this increase is the increase in the number of people, both drivers and pedestrians, using cell phones.

"You may want to listen to a song or look at the internet, but pay attention to your surroundings," Danville Police Department Lt. Mike Wallace emphasized. "If you're walking, there's probably two to three times that amount that's out in a car."

Hammel says she understands the importance of this and always makes a conscious effort to be aware.

With more nice weather ahead, there are bound to be more people along sidewalks, trails, streets, and on the roads - making paying attention all the more important.