The Data Over 4400 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents 69,000 pedestrians were injured in traffic accidents 1 pedestrian is killed every 2 hours 1 pedestrian is injured every 8 minutes Nearly 75% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in urban settings More than 50% of pedestrian fatalities are age 15 and under Nearly 90% of pedestrian fatalities occur are without rain, snow or fog-so weather isn’t the problem 70% of pedestrian fatalities occur during nighttime hours Nearly 20% of children 15 and younger who died in car crashes were pedestrians 35% of pedestrians killed were legally drunk
What Can You Do If You’re a Driver?
Always be on the lookout for pedestrians – especially at night
Drive slowly and be ready to stop at a crosswalk area
Always stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk
Do not pass other cars that have stopped to allow pedestrians to cross
Pay special attention to pedestrians when you make a turn
Pay special attention to pedestrians in designated areas, such as schools, parks, and residential neighborhoods
What Can You Do If You’re a Pedestrian?
Do not walk in restricted zones (such as highways)
Always use sidewalks and crosswalks when they’re available
Wear light or reflective clothing at night
Do not drink alcohol or take drugs—you might not be able to walk safely or pay attention to cars on the road if you are impaired
Keep an eye out for oncoming traffic at all times
————————————————————————————————————– *Data from 2011 Sources: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (www.nhtsa.gov/) Highway Safety Research Center, UNC (www.hsrc.unc.edu)