The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) hosts National Pedestrian Safety Month in October to raise awareness for improving pedestrian safety.
Pedestrian Safety Impacts Everyone
Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day. Having safe ways to walk, bike, or roll is essential.
NHTSA reports that more than 7,000 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the US in 2021. That’s more than 20 individuals every day. These deaths accounted for 17% of all traffic fatalities that year. Alcohol involvement for the driver and/or pedestrian was reported in 49% of the traffic crashes that resulted in fatalities in 2021. Nearly 23% of pedestrians killed in crashes were struck by hit-and-run drivers.
NHTSA introduced the Safe System Approach in January 2023 to help address and mitigate risks associated with the US transportation system. The approach builds and reinforces multiple layers of protection to prevent crashes and minimize harm caused when crashes do occur.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians
Walking is a great way to get some exercise or get to your daily activities, but it’s important to follow the rules of the road. Always obey signs and signals and walk on sidewalks where available. If there’s no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far to the side of the road as you can.
Cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. If there isn’t a crosswalk or intersection, cross in a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic; wait for a gap that allows you enough time to cross safely and continue watching for vehicles as you cross.
Pedestrian Safety for Drivers
Studies have shown that drivers tend to be more aware and drive safer where there are greater numbers of people walking or bicycling. When you’re behind the wheel, be on the lookout for pedestrians and don’t drive distracted. Stay alert and focused while driving and obey all posted signs and speed limits.
When you stop at intersections, make sure you’re not blocking the crosswalk. Be extra cautious when driving around schools, playgrounds, and neighborhoods. If you choose to drink, don’t drive.
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