Prince William County, VA… October is Pedestrian Safety Month, and the Prince William County Police Department joins the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration in reminding pedestrians and drivers to respect each other to stay safe on the roads.
In 2017, 5,977 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States – about one pedestrian death every 88 minutes. Additionally, 33% of fatal pedestrian crashes involved a pedestrian with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least 0.08 grams per deciliter (g/dL).
There are strategies pedestrians, and those who love them, can use to reduce the possibility of crashes. However, alcohol or drugs can negatively affect decision-making and motor skills. So do not walk while impaired, and use the following pedestrian-safety tips:
- Increase your visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking and wearing reflective clothing, such as reflective vests.
- Cross streets at a designated crosswalk or intersection whenever possible.
- Walk on a sidewalk or path instead of the road. Walk on the shoulder, and facing traffic, if a sidewalk or path is not available.
- Avoid using electronic devices like earbuds if you have been using alcohol or drugs. They can cause distractions.
Staying put if you have been using alcohol or drugs, along with observing other pedestrian safety laws and practices, will keep the roads safe for everyone.