This October is the National Highway Traffic Safety administration’s first annual pedestrian safety month.
Walking and biking have surged as a way for people to get out of their homes during the pandemic.
However, as expressed by the NHTSA, “Sadly, as the end of Daylight Saving Time approaches and the nights get longer, the risks for pedestrians increase. From September to February, over 30% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m.” This is why it is even more important for us to refresh on crucial pedestrian safety.
Pedestrians and drivers can each do their part to keep pedestrians safer.
- Walk on sidewalks as much as possible. If not available walk on the far side facing traffic
- Walk on crosswalks when crossing any street. If there is not a crosswalk, cross cautiously on a well lit section of the road
- Stay alert. Dont be distracted by your cell phone, music, etc.
- Be aware of and follow traffic rules
- Never assume a driver has seen you and will slow down for you to cross the street. Attempt to make eye contact with the driver first
- Be visible. Wear bright or reflective clothing, especially once the sun has begun to go down
- Always be on the lookout for pedestrians
- Follow speed limits and slow down when approaching a crosswalk. Be prepared to stop
- Allow for space between you and the crosswalk and never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk
- Be sure you’re being extra cautious in bad weather and that your lights are on so that you can see and pedestrians can see you
- Always yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
- Also be extra cautious when backing up
“In 2018, there were 6,283 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the United States, which accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities in 2018.” Drivers and pedestrians, let’s work together to decrease these numbers and keep everyone safe.
Follow NHTSA throughout October as they’ll be sharing more information on Pedestrian Safety Month!
Contact: Glisson Law