Be safe and
walk smart.

Every pedestrian needs to know when it’s safe to cross the road, because sometimes there’s no turning back. 146 pedestrians have been killed crossing Delaware’s busy roads in the last five years. Be safe and walk smart. Always use crosswalks and make sure you’re visible. Don’t become another statistic.

Follow these rules, because sometimes there’s no turning back.

  • Cross only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs.
  • When walking at night, carry a flashlight or reflective items.
  • Use sidewalks. If there isn’t one, walk facing traffic, as far off the edge of the road as possible.
  • Be patient. Wait for cars to stop before stepping into a crosswalk.
  • Do not walk under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

For Drivers, make sure you:

  • Yield to a pedestrian
  • Slow down when in a heavily traffic pedestrian area
  • Always keep an eye out for pedestrians

Pedestrian collisions factors in Delaware 2012-2016

Pedestrian collisions where alcohol was a factor:

Total of alcohol-related collisions in Delaware
Fatal alcohol-related collisions in Delaware

Speed limit of pedestrian collisions:

Total of speed-related collisions in Delaware
Fatal speed-related collisions in Delaware

Lighting during pedestrian collisions:

Total of lighting-related collisions in Delaware
Fatal lighting-related collisions in Delaware

These numbers hit hard.

Depending on how fast a car is traveling, a driver may not be able to stop for a pedestrian in time. So you need to be aware. At 20 mph, there’s a 5 percent chance you’ll die. But at 40 mph, that number jumps all the way up to 85 percent.