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Safety Nugget Week of October 1 - Pedestrian Safety< Back to Blog

Oct 08, 2018
By: T. Cai
Categories: Safety

Pedestrian safety affects the entire community and everybody.   There were 5,987 pedestrian fatalities in the United States in 2016 according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  No matter if we are a pedestrian or a driver, it is extremely important for us to raise awareness of the dangers to pedestrians.  Following are some tips for pedestrian safety:

  1. Be Visible: Which is especially  important  at night, and /or  in low-light conditions, and/or on a hilly road

  2. Avoid Distractions: for example, put your phone and/or other electronic devices inside your pockets

  3. Follow the Rules: Be familiar with and follow all traffic rules, signs and signals, especially if you are travelling in a foreign country which you are not familiar with their rules and signs

  4. Use crosswalks whenever they are available.  If the crosswalk is not available, be sure to use the well-lit spot on the road to cross, make sure to have a long enough gap in traffic, and practice what we were taught in kindergarten: STOP, ALWAYS look left, right, and left again, FOCUS, and ENTER/CROSS

  5. Avoid Alcohol:  The effect of the alcohol on pedestrians is the same as its effect on someone behind the wheel

  6. Help each other:  When crossing the road with friends, always watch and help each other to stay safe

More information on pedestrian safety can be found from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website:      https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety

As always, Walk Safe, Drive Safe, Be Safe, and Stay Safe

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