An alarming number of pedestrian fatalities occur each year. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of pedestrian deaths rose from 57 to 66 in South Carolina according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Sadly, some pedestrian fatalities could be avoided if pedestrians were alert and aware of their surroundings when walking. A few pieces of advice to remember while you are walking could save your life:
- Unless you are stopped and standing a safe distance away from the street, put your phone away so this won’t be a distraction for you.
- Always walk in crosswalks after the sign indicates it is safe to do so, but remember to look before you cross as well.
- Walking while under the influence is also a factor in fatalities. Take an Uber or Lyft or have a sober friend drive you home rather than walking after drinking.
- If you are listening to music, be sure that the volume is low enough to still hear what’s going on around you.
Be safe and pay attention, pedestrians! Take safety while walking into your own hands (or feet!).