August is "Pedestrian Safety Month" in Hawai'i"

At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. While pedestrian fatalities remain high, there was a 1.7% decrease in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2017, totaling 5,977 deaths. NHTSA raises awareness of the dangers to pedestrians by providing safety tips, educational material and other resources. Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones when walking, and learn how you can help us prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths.



Know the Basics—Pedestrian Safety 10 Walking Safety Tips

  1. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

  2. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.

  3. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

  4. Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

  5. Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

  6. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.

  7. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

  8. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

  9. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

  10. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

9 Driving Safety Tips
  1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.

  2. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.

  3. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.

  4. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.

  5. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.

  6. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

  7. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.

  8. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.

  9. Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.

Finding and Creating Walkable Communities

Keeping Your Kids Safe While They Walk

* Prevent Pedestrian Crashes: Parents and Caregivers of Elementary School Children (PDF, 165.61 KB)

Elementary school children are very active and impulsive. Although they’re learning and growing, school-age children 10 and younger still need guidance and supervision when playing and walking near traffic.

* Five Tips to Keep Your Children Safe on Their Way to and from School

Strengthen your traffic safety knowledge: Teach and reinforce your children's pedestrian safety habits. * A Kid's Guide to Safe Walking (PDF, 3.04 MB) This colorful pamphlet will help you teach young children safety tips for crossing the street and things to remember when walking. ​ * Tips for Preteens & Teens: Prevent Pedestrian Crashes (PDF, 3.30 MB)

Remind your preteens and teens that walking around traffic requires the same critical thinking skills as riding a bike or driving a car: Stop, look left-right-left, be safe and be seen.

Walking Safely and Staying Fit as You Age Stepping Out as an Older Adult — Be Healthy, Walk Safely Share this resource with your aging parents to help them maintain their safety while walking for exercise or running errands.

Safety Advocates

If you're an advocate of pedestrian safety, or perhaps you work on a State or local pedestrian program, our curriculum and resources will equip you with the tools and information you need to effectively promote pedestrian safety.

Visit FHWA's pedestrian web pages for additional information.


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