Approximately 6,590 pedestrians were killed last year.
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The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) predicts that 6,590 pedestrian fatalities occurred in 2019. Pedestrian safety is a growing concern because the number of fatalities keep increasing every year.
By following the few safety tips listed below, you can protect yourself and your children.
- It is critical to teach your children to look left-right-left before crossing streets
- Cross only at designated crossings. Entering traffic mid-block or from between parked cars is dangerous
- Teach your children to never dart out into traffic
- Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible
- Stay alert – don’t be distracted by talking on your cell phone and/or wearing earbuds
- Be on the lookout for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots
- If your children are younger than 10, they should always cross the street with an adult
- When walking at nighttime, always wear bright and/or reflective clothing and carry a flashlight so drivers can see you
For your information
- A growing number of communities are implementing measures to make their environments more walkable, ranging from including sidewalks on all newly constructed streets, to implementing widespread traffic-calming measures.
- The physical environment does impact how much and how safely residents can and will walk. In research comparing communities with suburban sprawl (few sidewalks and inaccessible pedestrian destinations like large malls surrounded by parking lots) to traditional communities (with plentiful sidewalks and inviting downtown commercial areas), it was found there were three times as many pedestrian trips in the communities designed with pedestrians in mind.