Pedestrian Safety in California
Pedestrian safety needs to be a top priority for motorists in California. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) “Everyone is a Pedestrian” safety campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the dangers pedestrians face on U.S. roadways everyday. The NHTSA is hoping to elevate the level of understanding about what motorists and walkers can do to improve overall roadway safety. Their slogan, “Everyone is a Pedestrian” is intended to make drivers think about and be aware of the fact that pedestrians are roadway users too, and they’re everywhere.
Pedestrian Injury and Fatal Crash Statistics
- In 2013, a total of 4,735 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes.
- On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in 2013.
- 14 percent of all traffic fatalities were pedestrians in 2013.
- In 2013, three percent of all of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.
Everyone is a Pedestrian
The NHTSA wants to emphasize that anytime you are not in your vehicle, you are a pedestrian. Even if you don’t walk to work or your children don’t walk to school, you are in and out of your car in parking lots on a daily or weekly basis. Motorists who are looking out for pedestrians are keeping roadways safe. Making a commitment to distraction-free driving is also an important part of improving pedestrian safety. You can’t look out for pedestrians if you’re looking at your phone. Listed below are a few tips for motorists.
How Can Motorists Keep Pedestrians Safe?
- Lookout for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
- Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back to give plenty of room.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
After a Pedestrian Accident
Safety is a shared responsibility, and drivers need to be on the lookout for pedestrians and other roadway users.