Think Two Steps Ahead: September is Pedestrian Safety Month
ABC joins other safety organizations in campaign to keep pedestrians safe
(Sacramento) The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is working with law enforcement agencies across the state to promote safe behaviors that allow drivers and those on foot to get where they need to go safely.
September is Pedestrian Safety Month, and California continues to see more and more pedestrians getting injured or killed on roads. In 2016, 867 pedestrians were killed and more than 14,000 injured in California alone. A report released earlier this year by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) projected that more than 6,200 pedestrians were killed in the United States last year, the highest number since 1990.
In order to help try to reduce the number of collisions involving pedestrians, the California ABC will be posting safety messages on social media (Twitter and Facebook) to educate the public about ways they can help increase safety for everyone. In addition, ABC sworn peace officers will be working in communities throughout California to enforce alcoholic beverage laws and educate those they come in contact with about ways to increase safety.
Despite advancements in vehicle technology that increase the chance of survival for drivers and passengers in crashes, pedestrians face the same amount of risk of getting seriously injured or killed when struck by a vehicle.
“Think about how you would want a driver to act when you are walking, and vice versa. Keep that in mind and follow the rules of the road so we can all arrive where we’re headed safely, regardless of how we get there,” says ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith.
In partnership with the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and law enforcement agencies throughout the State, ABC offers steps drivers and pedestrians can take to keep everyone safe:
- Look left-right-left before crossing the street. Watch for cars turning and obey traffic signals.
- Only cross the street in marked crosswalks, preferably crosswalks at stop signs or signals.
- Avoid distractions. Stay off the phone while walking.
- Make eye contact with drivers. Don’t assume drivers can see you.
- Be seen. Wear bright clothing during the day and use a flashlight at night.
- Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic and as far away from cars as possible.
- Do not walk near traffic after drinking or using drugs that affect judgment and coordination.
- Follow the speed limit. The higher the speed, the longer it takes to stop.
- Never drive distracted or under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Look out for people walking, especially at night and in poorly lit areas.
- Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks even if they are not at a stop sign or signal. Prepare to stop when a pedestrian enters a crosswalk.
- Avoid blocking the crosswalk when attempting to make a right-hand turn.
- Be careful backing up and leaving parking spaces in shopping centers with heavy foot traffic.
ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities and prevent alcohol-related harm visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/enforcement/ or https://www.abc.ca.gov/prevention/.
ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.