Tips for Pedestrian Safety Month
September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and despite advances in technology that offer improved protection, pedestrians continue to be vulnerable to accidental injury and death. According to a report released this year by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a projected 6,227 pedestrian deaths occurred nationwide in 2018 – the largest annual number of pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. since 1990.
There are many contributing factors, including population growth, demographic changes and the increased amount of time people spend walking. The explosive growth in smartphone use over the past decade has also had a significant impact. Distracted walking incidents are increasing as mobile phone users fail to pay attention, lose focus on their surroundings and put their safety – and the safety of other pedestrians and motorists – at risk. Here are some suggestions for helping to enhance pedestrian safety.
NHTSA’s 10 Walking Safety Tips
Pedestrians are at greatest risk when walking in urban areas, crossing busy streets and negotiating traffic. While every age group is vulnerable, 10- to 14-year-olds and 50- to 69-year-olds account for 20% or more pedestrian deaths as a percentage of all traffic fatalities.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) raises awareness of the dangers to pedestrians by providing safety tips, educational material and other resources. In honor of Pedestrian Safety Month, we’re sharing the NHTSA’s 10 Walking Safety Tips to help people of all ages stay safe, no matter when or where they walk:
- Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
- Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
Improve Pedestrian Safety with High-Visibility Signs
Cities, towns and communities across the country have made pedestrian safety a top priority. From posting signs to installing speed bumps, the goal is to increase visibility at street crossings, give motorists ample warning to slow down, and create an environment where pedestrians can enjoy the benefits of walking.
Installing high-visibility signage is the simplest way to alert motorists of a pedestrian crossing. Traffic Safety Direct’s 30x30 Pedestrian Symbol Sign is your first line of defense when it comes to making crosswalks safer. Fade and UV resistant, this durable aluminum sign withstands the elements and meets national standards outlined in the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). Published by the Federal Highway Administration, the MUTCD ensures the uniformity of all traffic control devices in order to promote safer, more efficient travel.
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