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How many pedestrians are killed and injured each year?
In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that 4,092 pedestrians were killed in crashes with motor vehicles and 59,000 were injured. These numbers represent a 22 percent drop from 1998. ...more >
If we increase fines for failing to yield to a pedestrian, will we get results?
As a single, stand-alone measure, increasing fines for failure to yield to pedestrians is not likely to get results. The average motorist is not familiar with pedestrian rights-of-way, applicable motor vehicle codes, ...more >
How can my community improve yield-to-pedestrian compliance?
Drivers' failure to yield to pedestrians is a widespread problem that can be attributed to lack of knowledge, need for improved training programs, and inadequate mechanisms of accountability. Education programs backed up with vigorous enforcement measures often bring improvement. ...more >
Is it a good idea for our City Council to pass a jaywalking ordinance? Should our city reconsider its prohibition of midblock pedestrian crossings?
The term "jaywalking" has no technical meaning. People frequently characterize pedestrian behavior as jaywalking without truly understanding the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians. ...more >
Why doesn't our city install more flashers to slow down traffic at pedestrian crossings?
Flashing yellow warning beacons, commonly called flashers, are frequently requested in the belief that they will reduce vehicle speeds and improve safety. Flashing beacons are generally helpful when used to alert drivers of an unexpected condition that is not readily apparent. ...more >