- Annually in the U.S., more than 4,000 pedestrians are killed and thousands more are injured in traffic crashes.1
- In Oklahoma for 2009, 605 pedestrians were involved in traffic crashes; of these, 133 were hospitalized and 35 died.
- Persons under 18 years old made up the highest percentage of pedestrian incidents; however, older pedestrians were more likely to be hospitalized or die.
- Older people may need more time to cross a street and may have reduced ability to react if a vehicle fails to yield.
- Many of the pedestrians, or the drivers who hit them, were alcohol-impaired at the time of the incident.
- Pedestrian incidents occurring between midnight and 3 a.m. resulted in the most deaths and hospitalizations. Incidents occurring during this time were also the most likely to be alcohol- or drug-related.
- Typical hospital charges for alcohol-impaired pedestrians were nearly $10,000 more than hospitalized pedestrians who were not impaired.
- Pedestrians should stay on sidewalks and cross at a designated crosswalk whenever possible.
- Never assume that a driver sees you; if possible, try to make eye contact with the driver before stepping into the roadway.
- Keep looking and listening as you cross a roadway.
- If you must walk on a roadway, walk facing oncoming traffic.
- Children can’t judge speed or distance very well until at least age 10 and should only cross streets with the assistance of an adult.2
- If walking at night, carry a flashlight and wear light colored or reflective clothing.
- Avoid talking or texting on your cell phone and don’t wear headphones if walking near traffic.
- Be very cautious walking near traffic if impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
- National Safe Kids Campaign
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- National Center of Safe Routes to School
- Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center
Injury Prevention Service, OSDH, 1000 NE 10th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73117
Revised September 2012
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