January Story Idea: Pedestrian Safety: Know That You Are Safe
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent this bulletin at 01/14/2014 05:04 PM EST
Pedestrian Safety: Know That You Are Safe
Walking is good for your health, and it's good for the environment too. But before you head out on foot for a stroll, power walk, or errand, there are important safety tips to remember.
What's the problem?
Pedestrians—people who travel by foot, wheelchair, stroller, or similar means—are among the most vulnerable users of the road.
In the next 24 hours, on average, more than 460 people will be treated in an emergency department for traffic-related pedestrian injuries. In the next 2 hours, on average, one pedestrian will die from injuries in a traffic crash.
More than 4,200 pedestrians were killed in traffic deaths in 2010, and another 70,000 were injured. With numbers like these, it's critical that you understand the risks and learn how to stay safe.