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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:

Motorists

  • 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

http://www.mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dph/com_health/injury/walksafe03.pdf