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September is Pedestrian Safety Month. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a pedestrian is killed in a traffic crash approximately once every 1.5 hours. Whether it’s walking down a city block, a country road, or a suburban sidewalk, everyone is a pedestrian at some point during the day.
Drivers and pedestrians need to stay alert at all times while traveling. Distractions negatively affect the safety of everyone. While driving, it can be tempting to pick up an electronic device or fiddle with the radio, but that choice could cost someone their life. As a pedestrian, wearing headphones or using a cell phone could lead to disaster if you don’t hear a car horn or don’t notice a stop-signal at a crosswalk.
As a pedestrian, choosing to wear bright colors or reflective materials and carrying a light while walking at night makes it easier for drivers to see you and stop.
Drivers should remember that speeding increases the time it takes for you to see, react, and stop. The higher the speed, the higher the risk.
The Citrus Heights Police Department recommends these simple steps to reduce the number of these tragedies in our community.
Funding for pedestrian safety enforcement is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.