Friday, October 29, 2010
October proved to be a tragic month with four pedestrian fatalities. The County averages about 450 pedestrian collisions a year, and each one is a tragedy.
Motorists are urged to slow down and watch for pedestrians. However, in any collision between a car and a pedestrian, it’s the pedestrian who will bear the brunt of the impact, regardless of who is at fault. Pedestrians are urged to remember:
- When you’re in the street, you’re in the danger zone!
- Stay on guard even when you’re doing everything right.
- Don’t expect drivers to see you or react in time.
- Before you step off the curb look left-right- and then left again.
- Get off the cell phone so you’re not distracted.
- While crossing, keep looking around for cars.
The County has an aggressive pedestrian safety program that has invested millions of dollars in improvements – and they’re making a difference. In cooperation with the State Highway Administration, the County is working to address engineering improvements to reduce collisions on both State and County roads. Police are also doing their part through enhanced enforcement to ensure that motorists obey the law.
The message to pedestrians is: Stay alert to stay alive in the danger zone.