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.