Pedestrian Safety—Know the Basics
At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian, and unfortunately, pedestrian fatalities remain high, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
In 2019, the last year statistics are available, a pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes in traffic crashes. The danger is heightened at night when visibility is diminished for drivers.
Leisure World walkers are particularly vulnerable and are cautioned to do everything they can to make themselves seen once the sun sets—wear reflective vests, stay on sidewalks and be especially alert at intersections.
10 Walking Safety Tips
• Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
• Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
• If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
• Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
• Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
• If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
• Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
• Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
• Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
• Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
In 2019, 6,205 pedestrians died. NHTSA raises awareness of the dangers to pedestrians by providing safety tips, educational material and other resources. Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones when walking, and learn how you can help prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths at https://www.nhtsa.gov/ road-safety/pedestrian-safety.