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September is Pedestrian Safety Month -- Keep an Eye Out for Your Neighbors

September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and we wanted to take a moment to remind everyone how important it is for us to work together to keep those walking in our community as safe as possible. 

Based on data projections from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), 7,485 people, or an average of 20 people every day, died after being struck by a vehicle last year – an 11.5% increase from 2020 and a 40-year high.

“People should not feel in danger walking,” Sgt. Chris Goff said. “Drivers, please slow down and be aware of people who are walking. If we all look out for one another, we can all get where we need to go safely.”

While we have you, we wanted to offer some safe driving and walking tips, including staying off your phone when behind the wheel or walking:

Drivers

  • Do not speed, and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.
  • Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.
  • Never drive impaired.           

Pedestrians

  • Be predictable. Use signalized crosswalks where drivers may anticipate foot traffic.
  • Watch for approaching vehicles and practice due care crossing the street. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to stop.
  • Make it easier for drivers to see you at night – wear light colors, reflective material and use a flashlight.
  • Be careful crossing streets or entering crosswalks at night or on busier streets with higher speed limits.

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