January 18th, 2013 - by niftyadmin
Pedestrian safety is a growing concern both nationally and here in Palm Beach, Florida. Motor vehicles are getting more complex, sporting incredible performance features that make them faster and more powerful than ever before. At the same time, cell phones and other distracting pieces of technology make it more likely that a driver is not paying attention to the road.
As a result, pedestrians are more at risk than they ever have been when they enter a crosswalk or they obey the “walking pedestrian” street light. One elementary school in Miami is giving their students training so that they are trained in what to do when they walk up to an intersection.
The program takes place during physical education classes, as kids walk through a simulated intersection. They are prompted with street signs and potential traffic threats, navigating the course in a proper way.
It is a great idea and one that could help increase pedestrian safety in the area; but we must remember that motor vehicles play an equal (if not more important) role in pedestrian accidents.
Drivers need to be better trained on keeping their focus on the road. They need to be on the lookout for pedestrians at all times — even in areas where they would not expect someone to be walking. The state also needs to address distracted driving concerns and to up police presence in “sensitive” pedestrian areas: such as near schools and around senior centers, which may already have special rules governing vehicle speed.
Source: Miami County Republic, “Students review pedestrian safety,” Brian McCauley, Jan. 16, 2013
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