Pedestrian Safety Tips

With additional traffic expected for the upcoming Shrimp Festival, I thought it would be a good idea to post some pedestrian safety tips.

Pedestrian Safety TipsA recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that each year more than 4,000 pedestrians die from motor vehicle crash-related injuries in the United States and certain populations are disproportionately impacted.

Findings for the ten year study include:
-Traffic-related pedestrian death rates were 2.5 times greater for men than women, and rates increased with age for both sexes.
-American Indians/Alaska Natives had the highest traffic-related pedestrian death rates of all races/ethnicities and whites had the lowest rates.
-People living in large central metro areas had the highest traffic-related pedestrian death rates of all urbanization levels (such as a city or a rural area).

With the additional traffic expected in town for the upcoming Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival, I thought it would be a good idea to post some tips to help keep you and your family safer while walking near automobile traffic:
-Increase your visibility at night by wearing retro-reflective clothing and carrying flashlights.
-Put smaller children, who may be harder to see from a vehicle, on the inside of you, away from traffic.
-Cross at intersections.
-Make eye contact with the drivers of vehicles before crossing in front of them.
-Look left, look right and look left again.
-Walk facing traffic.
-Be alert and watch for turning vehicles, vehicles backing up and vehicles coming out of side streets and driveways.
-Hold hands with children.
-Walk on the sidewalks when available.

I was traveling once and this is a true story: You know the center turn lane, often referred to as a “suicide lane”, or the median lane where traffic traveling from either direction is to use when turning left? While in Charlestown, Indiana, I saw people were using this center lane as a sidewalk. Woman were pushing strollers, men were walking their dogs etc… I could not believe what I was seeing. Why on earth were the local police not educating these people on how to properly walk along a four lane road, rather than let them walk in the middle of traffic?

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