This October, the RTC is celebrating National Pedestrian Safety Month and supporting the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s efforts to improve safety for vulnerable road users.
In 2020 alone there were 6,516 pedestrians killed in the United States. That is 18 pedestrians a day and 125 pedestrians a week! We want our community to feel safe and informed when walking, biking, and driving along the roadways, so here are six tips to help keep you and your fellow road users safe.
- Put the phone down and watch out for pedestrians. Sending or reading a short text takes your eyes off the road for almost 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed.
- Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially near schools, parks, shopping areas, and transit stops.
- RETHINK how you drive. Behind the wheel, are you:
- Alert and focused?
- Looking out for people walking?
- Obeying all posted signs and speed limits?
- Motorists should be on the lookout for pedestrians who may move more slowly, such as older adults, and those who may need assistance. They require more time to cross the street.
- Do not block crosswalks when you stop at intersections. This is pedestrian space.
- When you set your clocks back this fall, your vision needs time to adjust to it getting darker earlier. Don’t forget to drive extra cautiously and be alert.