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Each and every one of us is a pedestrian at some point during the day. Every time you walk out the front door of your home, walk into a store, cross the street, go for a walk with the dog, or go for a run, you are a pedestrian. Everyone is a pedestrian and regardless of the reason, everyone plays a role in pedestrian safety.
In recent years, the number of pedestrian fatalities in the United States has grown substantially faster than all other traffic deaths. (Wisconsin Traffic Safety Reporter Vol.21No.2) In Wisconsin, the average annual number of pedestrian fatalities during the five-year period 2011-15 was 46. In 2016, there were 49, and the preliminary total for 2017 is 57. The exact causes of this trend are unclear, but possible contributing factors include:
In an effort to enhance the safety of all road users in Fox Point, the police department is launching a directed education and enforcement campaign aimed at pedestrian safety. The police department will increase contacts with pedestrians who are walking contrary to published laws. Along with increasing contacts with drivers who are engaged in dangerous behaviors.
Pedestrian fatalities in the United States for 2016 were predominately (72%) at non-intersection locations, such as mid-block. To combat this statistic, officers will be reminding citizens to walk on the outside edge of the road, against traffic, and take steps to increase their visibility to drivers. Additionally, officers will continue to enforce speed laws in the village since higher vehicle speeds reduce reaction time and increase injury potential in the event of a car-pedestrian crash.
As a community, we all play a part in maintaining a safe neighborhood. To that end, we are never too old to learn the Rules of the Road. Did you know?