With Michigan thawing out and the warmer weather fast approaching, pedestrian traffic is on the rise. Pedestrians are the most vulnerable users of the roadways, be sure to take care and avoid risk to yourself and others.
On average during the course of one day, approximately 445 people will be treated in the emergency room for injuries from traffic related incidents. Out of those ne pedestrian will die from those injuries.
People of all ages are at risk for injury or death from traffic incidents, however, some people are at higher risk. The rate of pedestrian death generally increases with age. Teen and young adults are more likely to be treated for traffic related injuries than any other age group.
It's very important to watch out for young children's safety when walking near traffic. They are at even greater risk due to their size, inability to judge speed and distances, as well as lack of experience. Nearly one in four traffic deaths among children 14 and younger are pedestrian related deaths
Walking is good for your health, but take steps to be safe when walking on roadways. Be extra cautious at intersections and crosswalks. Always cross the street at the designated crosswalk or intersection. When walking at night, be sure to wear reflective clothing and it is a good idea to carry a flashlight. It is always safest to walk on the sidewalk, but if one is not available, walk on the shoulder facing traffic.