It's Pedestrian Safety Month this October: Be Safe

Pedestrian accidents have been on the rise so much that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has declared October 2020 as Pedestrian Safety Month. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that pedestrian accidents are particularly likely during the times of the year when night comes sooner, like the fall and winter months.

Pedestrian Safety Month is a good time to go over the steps that can help prevent accidents, injuries and deaths. For drivers, this is the time of year when you need to pay attention even more carefully.

What can drivers do to help prevent pedestrian collisions?

At dawn, dusk and during the night, make sure to use your lights and look out for pedestrians. Smaller children may be walking to school, or people could be cycling when it's not yet fully light out.

Drivers should also follow the posted speed limit and make complete stops at crosswalks when pedestrians are present. They should not continue until the pedestrians have completely crossed.

What can pedestrians do to keep themselves safer?

For pedestrians, remember that it's harder to see pedestrians in the dark or when there is little light. Wear a reflective vest or jacket, and add light to your outfit if you can. Always obey the traffic laws, and only cross at intersections when possible.

Both drivers and pedestrians should avoid distractions. Don't wear headphones or get distracted by texts; pay attention to where you're going.

These are some tips that may help you avoid a serious crash this year. Be cautious, because the roads can be hazardous for yourself and others if you're not.

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