Tips to Improve Pedestrian Safety

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Pedes­tri­an safe­ty is a con­cern to take just as seri­ous­ly as dri­vers and pas­sen­gers. There are about 6,000 pedes­tri­ans a year killed by auto­mo­biles and an addi­tion­al 85,000 who receive non-fatal injuries. While many peo­ple don’t think of them­selves as real pedes­tri­ans, there are every­day sit­u­a­tions where you can be hit by a car, includ­ing walk­ing from an office or in a retail park­ing lot return­ing a shop­ping cart.

Kylie Chap­pell, Safe­ty Com­pli­ance Man­ag­er at Amer­i­Fleet, offers some safe­ty tips for pedes­tri­ans and dri­vers….

Dri­vers must exer­cise the most cau­tion for pedes­tri­an safe­ty, as the vehi­cle is in their con­trol:

  • Fol­low slow­er speed lim­its in school zones, near parks/playgrounds and areas where chil­dren are present.
  • While turn­ing, make sure you slow down and give prop­er space to pedes­tri­ans cross­ing.
  • Be extra cau­tious when back­ing up—a pedes­trian can move into your path at any time.

As for pedes­tri­ans:

  • Be aware of traf­fic sig­nals and sym­bols; those signs are not just for the dri­vers.
  • Avoid run­ning across the street; this can cre­ate a dis­trac­tion to the dri­ver which can lead to more severe acci­dents.
  • Be care­ful at inter­sec­tions; dri­vers may fail to yield while turn­ing onto anoth­er street.
  • Always walk on the side­walk; if one is not avail­able, then walk fac­ing traf­fic.

Road safe­ty is a shared expe­ri­ence for dri­vers and pedes­tri­ans. It’s impor­tant to keep employ­ees informed and safe.

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