Alabama Plans to Make Streets Safer for Pedestrians
ALABAMA - Over 6,000 pedestrians tragically died on American roadways in 2018, according to ABC3340.com. Pedestrian fatalities now account for around seventeen percent of all traffic-related fatalities. The rise in pedestrian deaths is higher in Alabama than the national average. The state ranks seventh out of all states in pedestrian fatalities.*
Some believe that part of the problem lies in infrastructure. As a result, the state is planning to make changes in an effort to further protect foot traffic from vehicles. In some places, this means shrinking the distance pedestrians have to cover when crossing the street. In others, the state is working to make the markings at crossings as clear as possible.
Of course, road design is only part of the puzzle when it comes to making pedestrians safer. Many pedestrian accidents take place at night when visibility becomes an issue. Pedestrians are not typically wearing reflective clothing or other lights at night and as a result, pedestrians can be difficult for drivers to spot. One simple fix could be improved and brighter vehicle headlights, with the idea to illuminate more of the space around and in front of a vehicle. Brighter lights on vehicles and on the street could help cut down on the number of pedestrian accidents.
Behavioral changes are also needed. Many pedestrian crashes involve alcohol, and this means either the driver or the pedestrian was drinking. It is important that people drink responsibly and never drink and drive.
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