Don’t be a distracted or drunk walker — Look before you cross
We live in a fast paced world and are easily distracted. Cellphones are the biggest distractions. Look around when walking and driving. Where people gather, cellphones are present. We laugh at videos of people bumping into poles while texting. However, it isn’t funny when someone is hit by a car or truck.
We talk about drunk driving, but drunk walking also kills. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in every three (34percent) fatal pedestrian crashes involved a pedestrian blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of at least .08. That is high enough to put a driver in jail. Call a cab or ride sharing ser vice.
How many times did you hear someone tell you to look both ways before you cross the street? Probably more times than you can remember. It is true no matter how old you are.
Crosswalks are there for your safety. Please use them wherever you see them. By law, drivers must stop when you step down. However, if the crosswalk is at a traffic signal, walk when the light is green and do not walk when the light is red.
Jaywalking, to walk or cross the street without regard for approaching traffic, is against the law. More importantly, it is dangerous. It is even more dangerous to jaywalk at night. Seventy-five percent of pedestrian deaths happen at night. Seventy-two percent are not crossing at crosswalks or intersections.
Cars today are fast and people behind the wheel like to drive fast.
If a pedestrian is hit at 20 mph, they have a 10 percent chance of dying. However, if a pedestrian is struck by a vehicle at 40 mph, they have an 80 percent chance of dying. The numbers get worse as the speed increases.
Here’s how to stay safe and alive as a pedestrian: Pay attention to your surroundings, stay sober, use the crosswalks.