With all of the health and safety challenges related to the COVID pandemic, there are other important concerns to be aware of and the month of October has been designated National Pedestrian Safety Month by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). For October, they have created a “Social Media Playbook” with a wealth of information and are encouraging everyone to regularly post its safety content throughout the month to their social media accounts.
In 2018, there were over 6,200 pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in the United States, accounting for 17% of all traffic fatalities. These figures equate to a pedestrian death every 84 minutes in the United States. The NHTSA’s playbook gives a wealth of information for parents, caregivers, educators and traffic safety advocates to address these issues, splitting its content into a four-week period as follows:
- Decrease vehicle speed; International Walk to School Day/Safe Routes to School
- Distraction; Impaired Pedestrians
- Illegal School Bus Passing
- Conspicuity/Daylight Saving Time; Older Pedestrians
Posting throughout the month will help consistently remind road users that at some point, everyone is a pedestrian. Early morning and evening posts are encouraged to help remind pedestrians, motorists and others to follow the rules of the road during their commutes to work or school. Weekend posts will also help by reminding everyone before they go out for errands or leisure activities.
We hope everyone is staying safe during these unprecedented times. Should you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact our Nashville office for additional information.
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