The other day I was walking to my class at UNR and was getting ready to cross the street. I made eye contact with two drivers and began to walk through the crosswalk, when one of the drivers proceeded to drive through the crosswalk, forcing me to abruptly stop walking to avoid getting hit. This was not the first time I’ve almost gotten hit by a car on and around campus, and it can be a frightening experience.
Everyone has different preferences on transportation, but at one point everyone is a pedestrian, and most have the ability to drive. In the US, more than 6,500 pedestrians were killed on the roads just last year (GHSA, 2019 ). This is the highest number of pedestrian deaths in the US in over 30 years. Locally, five people have been hit and killed by vehicles in Washoe County and 24 people have been hit and killed by vehicles in Clark County, all within the first two months of (RGJ, News3LV, 2020 ).
Pedestrian accidents can be avoided if we remain alert and follow some guidelines highlighted below:
It is important for us to take action and be watchful every time we are on the road or sidewalk! Stay safe!
This blog was written by Cheyenne, an intern with Immunize Nevada.