Be Safe. Think on Your Feet.
Your safety as a pedestrian on Delaware’s busy roads is in your hands – and your feet!
WALK SMART, WALK BRIGHT
When walking along Delaware’s busy roads, carry a flashlight or something reflective. Be visible, and aware. Use marked crosswalks. Don’t walk under the influence. And remember, when the sun goes down, your risk goes up.
A pedestrian struck by a car going 20 mph has a 5% chance of death.
At 40 mph, that rises to 85%.
Pedestrian Collisions in Delaware
2015 - 2019
The Arrive Alive DE Visualizer is a first-of-its-kind interactive heat map tool that represents the hot spots of pedestrian collisions in Delaware – with zoom in and out functionality. With this tool, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety is educating and reminding pedestrians to Walk Smart. That means using crosswalks, being alert, avoiding distractions, and making sure you’re visible at night. Motorists, watch out for pedestrians and obey posted speeds, so that if someone darts in front of your vehicle, you can stop in time. When we look out for each other, everyone can Arrive Alive.
55% of pedestrian fatalities occurred in dark/unlit conditions.
86% of pedestrian fatalities occur on roadways at 35 mph and higher.
Arrive Alive DE Visualizer
Pedestrian Collision Tool
Zoom using the + and – controls, or with your thumb and forefinger.
Teach Children the Facts of Safe Walking
Here are some common myths that children may believe about walking. Make sure they know the facts.
CHECK THE FACTS
A green light means it's safe to cross.
A green light means you should stop and search for cars. Look Left-Right-Left for traffic before stepping off the curb. And then continue looking left and right.
You are safe in a crosswalk.
You may cross at a crosswalk, but you must always look first.
If you see the driver, the driver sees you.
The driver may not see you. Make sure the driver stops before you cross the street.
The driver will stop if you are in the crosswalk or at a traffic signal.
The driver may not see you and may not stop. Wait for the vehicle to stop.
When you are Walking
Follow the law and make smart decisions to keep yourself safe.
Cross only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs.
Follow the rules and obey signs and signals.
Watch for cars coming from all directions.
Turn off handheld devices when crossing the street.
When walking at night, carry a flashlight and wear reflective items.
If there isn’t one, walk facing traffic, as far from traffic as possible.
Wait for cars to stop before stepping into a crosswalk.
Do not walk under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Make sure drivers see you by making eye contact before walking.
When you are Driving
Follow the law and watch out for pedestrians to avoid a tragic collision.
It’s the law at both marked and unmarked crosswalks.
Safety is a shared responsibility.
Especially in school zones and where people are present.
Reduce your speed in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime and bad weather.
This allows other vehicles to see pedestrians, too.
Watch out especially for pedestrians that are distracted, confused or incapacitated.
There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
Pedestrians can move into your path.
Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
What causes pedestrian collisions in Delaware?
Most pedestrian collisions happen during the day...
- Dark / unlighted
- Dark / lighting unknown
...but the fatal ones happen mainly at night
- Dark / unlighted
Alcohol was a factor in 12% of all pedestrian collisions.
Among fatal crashes, it was a factor 53% of the time.
While 62% of all pedestrian collisions happen at 35 mph or less...
86% of fatal crashes happen at speeds greater than 35 mph.
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