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.