October is National Pedestrian Safety Month
This October 1 marks the start of National Pedestrian Safety Month, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation Office of Highway Safety, along with its partners at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, are reminding all residents about the importance of pedestrian safety.
Pedestrian fatalities have been rising nationally – and in particular here in Connecticut as well – over the last several years. In 2018, 6,283 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States.
While there are many actions that pedestrians can take to stay safe, there are more actions that only the driver can take — such as obeying the posted speed limit.
“Following the speed limit isn’t just the law — it is a critical component to keeping pedestrians safe,” said Joseph Giulietti, Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Transportation. “Driving at the posted speed limit provides the driver time to 'see, identify, and react' in time to brake for pedestrians.”
Pedestrian safety is crucial to know and understand for pedestrians, motor vehicle operators, and all other road users because pedestrian safety is a two-way street that involves equal respect and equal responsibility.
According to The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2018 nearly three quarters (74%) of pedestrian fatalities occurred at non-intersections.
“If you are speeding, pedestrians can seem to ‘come out of nowhere,’” added Giulietti. “This is especially true in neighborhoods and around schools.”
Throughout the month the Connecticut Department of Transportation will continue to share pedestrian safety information in an effort to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving pedestrians. Additional information will be available through the Watch for Me CT campaign at www.watchformect.org.