The warm temperatures and bright sun of spring and summer bring more children and pedestrians outside to enjoy outdoor activities. Activities like bicycling, sports, and playing on the playground bring kids and adults alike close to residential and city streets, making it important to drive with pedestrians in mind.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, approximately 4,600 pedestrians are killed in traffic-related incidents every year, accounting for 11% of traffic fatalities. In addition, approximately 70,000 pedestrians are injured annually in roadway accidents. Drivers need to remain watchful for pedestrians as they transport members to and from appointments. The following safe driving tips will help keep pedestrians, as well as drivers and passengers, safe at all times:
Pedestrian safety is as important as member safety. Stay alert while driving this season and always be prepared to stop for pedestrians. Happy driving, happy summer!