- While our office remains open via phone call, we are currently working remotely. We are available at 781.444.3050
to assist you. If you do need to meet we are available by appointment by giving us a call. This will allow us to determine the appropriate steps to set up a meeting that is safe for all.
Pedestrian Safety Month
August is Pedestrian Safety Month and is meant to raise awareness about traffic safety for pedestrians as well as for drivers.
Did You Know:
- In Massachusetts, pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among school-aged children (5-18 years of age)
- In 2009, 4,092 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 59,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the U.S.
- On average, a pedestrian is killed every two hours and injured every nine minutes in traffic crashes
- Over 90% of the pedestrian fatalities occurred in a single-vehicle crash
- Older pedestrians (65+) accounted for 19% of all pedestrian fatalities and an estimated 8% of all pedestrians injured in 2009
- 69% of the pedestrians killed in 2009 were male
– National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811394.pdf; MA Office of Health and Human Services:
- Slow down when you encounter a pedestrian or bicyclist
- Yield to pedestrians at all intersections
- Be aware of cyclists when making a left turn
- Allow plenty of room when passing a bicyclist or pedestrian
- Don’t expect a pedestrian or bicyclist to follow traffic laws
Safe Walking Tips for Kids
- Teach your child how to use crosswalks and walk signals
- Teach your child to look left, right, and left again before crossing the street
- Don’t let children under 11 years old cross on their own
- You and your child should wear reflective or light colored clothing at night
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic