Be Safe, Be Seen.
- Use bright, reflective clothing, zipper pulls, lighted sneakers, flashlights, and white clothes.
- Always look twice in each direction before stepping onto a street.
- Walk with an adult whenever possible.
- Cross streets at marked crosswalks.
- Look for crossing guards on the way to school.
- Obey pedestrian traffic laws.
- Don't run or "mess around" with friends when walking to / from school.
- Be extra careful when Trick-or-Treating this year.
For pedestrians, the deadliest day of the year is January 1st followed by October 31st. The most deadly day of the week is Saturday followed by Friday. The months with the highest number of pedestrian fatalities are October, November, and December. These findings are consistent with previous reports.
Saturday and Sunday also have a higher probability of fatality in a crash than any other day of the week.
Autumn is the deadliest season for pedestrians, with two of the highest fatality months being October and November.
The highest percentage of pedestrian fatalities occurs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., followed by 9 p.m. to midnight. The percentage of pedestrian fatalities between 3 a.m. and 6 a.m. is low, but the crash fatality probability is the highest during that time period.
The number of deaths during a time period is a base for assessing risk control. Between 1997 and 2006, an average of 13 pedestrians died per day in vehicle crashes. By comparison, there were approximately 216 total pedestrian crashes per day and 116 deaths per day in all motor vehicle crashes.
In the United States, a pedestrian was killed in a vehicle crash every 107 minutes. However, pedestrian crashes and vehicle crash fatalities occurred every 7 minutes and 12 minutes, respectively.
Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children to safely walk and bicycle to school. In the process, programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone. Learn more.-
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