Road traffic crashes kill about 1.24 million people each year. More than one fifth of these deaths occur among pedestrians. Pedestrian traffic accidents are preventable. Road safety should be a priority for pedestrians and drivers alike. Help raise awareness to reduce and eliminate risk factors of pedestrian traffic accidents.
Make yourself seen by drivers by wearing reflective and bright clothing. Use a flashlight and light up blinkers for your clothing when walking at night. When crossing a street, never jump out from a line of parked cars or other obstacle. It’s likely that drivers cannot see you or hear you, which is why you should emerge slowly and safely. Wait for the vehicle to slow down and make eye contact with the driver before crossing.
Predict A Dangerous Situation
Always use the sidewalks when they are an option rather than roadways. Never cross the street diagonally. Use the crosswalks and obey the traffic signals. Don’t assume that a vehicle can see you. Make eye contact with a driver when crossing the street at a stop sign to be sure that the driver acknowledges your presence. Plan ahead to avoid walking if you are drowsy or have been using drugs or alcohol.
Avoid distractions such as listening to music, texting, or talking on the phone. Consider that your ability to hear and/or see a vehicle approaching can be hindered by such risk factors. These distractions may also prevent the pedestrian from seeing upcoming hazards, warning signs, or traffic signs and signals.