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Pedestrian Safety: Statistics & Tips

Pedestrian Statistics

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.

Pedestrian Tips

  • 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