Elements of the Safety Plan
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Goal 9 - Making Walking and Street Crossing Safer
On average, a pedestrian was killed about every hour and a half on the nation’s roadways during 1995 nearly 5600 men, women, and children in all. Though this represents an encouraging 18 percent decrease over the last decade, new strategies that address the various issues associated with pedestrian collisions are needed to further reduce pedestrian deaths and injuries.
Four main areas of concern have been identified, with the highest priority involving inadequacies in pedestrian facilities as well as the lack of good design information for such facilities. Another major concern identified is the lack of awareness of the risks and responsibilities that both drivers and pedestrians have when they interact. The third and fourth areas recommended for action involve the more familiar concerns of motorist and pedestrian noncompliance with traffic statues and, finally, the predictable high involvement of alcohol in pedestrian collisions.