The definition of pedestrian, according to dictionary.com, is a person who goes or travels on foot. This describes almost all of us at one point or another. It is important to pay attention to what is going on around us when we are walking, crossing busy streets and negotiating traffic. Unfortunately, distracted walking seems to be on the rise. According to a Governors Highway Association report, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2017. Pedestrian safety needs to improve.
So what can we do to help decrease this number? Stay alert. Don’t be distracted by your phone or other electronic device. Follow the rules of the road and obey the pedestrian signs and signals. Stay on the sidewalk whenever possible. Cross the street at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible and make sure you look for cars in all directions.
Here are a few additional tips from NHTSA and NSC for children and adults of all ages, especially with school back in session:
- Look left, right and left again before crossing the street; looking left a second time is necessary because a car can cover a lot of distance in a short amount of time
- Make eye contact with drivers of oncoming vehicles to make sure they see you
- Be aware of drivers even when you're in a crosswalk; vehicles have blind spots
- Don't wear headphones while walking
- Never use a cell phone or other electronic device while walking
- If your view is blocked, move to a place where you can see oncoming traffic
- Never rely on a car to stop
- Children younger than 10 should cross the street with an adult
- Only cross at designated crosswalks
- Wear bright and/or reflective clothing
- Walk in groups
If you are a business owner or property manager please make sure you are posting regulations and safety tips prominently. Adding speed bumps to help reduce motorists’ speed, pedestrian crossing signs to alert designated crossing areas and painting your parking lot with proper space and aisle markings are also great ways to reduce pedestrian accidents.
Pedestrian safety is more crucial now than ever with the growing number of distractions. Please make sure you are safe and you are doing your part to keep others safe. For more information on the products Innoplast has available, please visit our Traffic Control/Sign Post webpage.