Pedestrian Safety: Statistics & Tips
Pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimates that there were 6,590 pedestrian deaths in 2019, a five-percent increase from 2018. That figure translates to 2.0 deaths per 100,000 people, the highest mark in 22 years. Since 2009, pedestrian fatalities have grown year over year. There is a major need to increase pedestrian safety. AAA has a list of important practices to make the roads safer for pedestrians.
- Stay Visible
- Make sure drivers can see you at all times. This is especially important at night, as 32 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8 p.m. and 11:59 p.m.
- Wear lightly colored or reflective clothing at night and brightly colored clothing during the day.
- Stay in areas that are well-it, especially when crossing the street.
- If possible, make eye contact with drivers.
- Avoid Distractions
- Stay alert – your eyes and ears are the best tools to keep safe.
- Put down your phone.
- Do not use headphones.
- Know the Rules
- Follow all traffic rules, signs and signals. Anticipating what drivers will do will help maintain your safety.
- Do not assume that a driver will grant you the right of way. This is another reason why making eye contact with drivers is essential.
- Walk in Safe Areas
- Use crosswalks when crossing the street. If one cannot be located, try to cross in a well-lit spot.
- Stay on sidewalks. If this is not possible, walk on the far side of the road that faces traffic.
- Do not walk on roads where pedestrian access is prohibited.
- Avoid Drinking Alcohol
- Nearly 50 percent of traffic crashes resulting in pedestrian deaths involve alcohol consumption – 34 percent of that is on the part of the pedestrian.
- Alcohol impairs decision-making skills and physical reflexes.
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Source: AAA Exchange