Learning how to be a safer pedestrian may not be at the top of your New Year’s resolution list, but with a rise in pedestrian deaths, it’s time to consider adding it.
Only six days into the New Year and Bryan, Texas — home to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s (TTI’s) Headquarters — has already suffered two pedestrian crashes with one confirmed as fatal.
“These two incidents are reflective of a larger trend across Texas, in which the number of pedestrian fatalities has increased each year over the last several years. It’s more important than ever for both motorists and pedestrians to take precautions and be safe,” states Michael Manser, TTI human factors manager.
Below are some tips to help you be a safer pedestrian.
Don’t drink and walk. Just as you wouldn’t drink and drive, don’t drink and walk. Alcohol is a significant contributor to statewide pedestrian fatality rates. If you plan on drinking, plan to get home safely via a designated driver or taxi/ridesharing service.
Cross only at designated locations or intersections. These designated locations often offer more protection along with visibility for pedestrians and higher expectations for drivers that there a pedestrian might be present.
Increase your visibility. While walking at night, wear reflective or bright clothing, use a flashlight, or even put bike lights on your clothes. Watch this video to learn how to be safe when your car breaks down and you become an unintended pedestrian.
Obey all traffic laws. Cross roadways only when permitted by a signal or when it’s safe.
Being safe while walking or biking is not 100 percent on the pedestrian; drivers have to stay alert, too. However, these tips should help you proactively plan to be safe when you walk or bike.