“Everywhere is within walking distance if you have the time.” – Steven WrightIn 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States, and another 70,000 pedestrians were injured. This equates to one crash-related pedestrian death every 2 hours, and a pedestrian injury every 8 minutes. Additionally, pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be killed in a car crash on each trip.
Steps to SafetyIt is important to take the “right steps” to be safe when walking along roadways. These steps include:
- Exercising Caution at Intersections and Crosswalk;
- Increasing Your Visibility at Night by Wearing Retro-Reflective Clothing;
- Carrying flashlights;
Children at RiskAs pedestrians, children are at even greater risk of injury or death from traffic crashes due to their small size, inability to judge distances and speeds, and lack of experience with traffic rules. It’s especially important to watch out for children’s safety when they’re walking near traffic.
Additional Steps for Safety
- Cross the street at a designated crosswalk.
- Be careful at intersections where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.
- Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight and wearing retro-reflective clothing.
- It’s safest to walk on a sidewalk, but if you must walk in the street, walk facing traffic.