For any walking event, safety is the No. 1 priority. It is very important to pay attention to what is going on around us anytime we are walking.
Distracted walking incidents are on the rise. According to a Governors Highway Safety Association report, there were nearly 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in 2017. All age groups are vulnerable, but pedestrian-vehicle crashes are the fifth-leading cause of death for ages 5-19 according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
So, what are some ways to play it safe when walking?
- Don’t be on your phone when you are walking and be aware of approaching vehicles
- Only cross streets at designated crosswalks and young children should cross with an adult
- Wear bright clothing to increase your chance of being seen
- Don’t wear headphones while walking so you can hear surrounding noises
- Never rely on a car to stop
For additional information on pedestrian safety, download and share this free resource from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association link: Everyone is a Pedestrian.
— Lisa Robinson is a senior program manager with the National Safety Council