June is National Pedestrian Safety Month

Date Modified: Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:30am

HAWK crossing light located on Gavilan Peak ParkwayIf you’ve driven through Anthem enough times, you’ve probably seen you’re fair share of questionable driving practices. Speeding, lane changes without a turn signal and not coming to a stop at intersections are the most likely occurrences. With school out, the foot traffic around area parks increases, especially as it gets hotter and people seek relief at the pool or splash pads.

June is National Pedestrian Safety Month, and raising awareness and preventing pedestrian accidents is its goal. In 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 5,376 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the United States. That averages out to a pedestrian death every 1.6 hours. Those are staggering numbers, to be sure. In addition, almost 129,000 pedestrians were treated in emergency departments for non-fatal crash-related injuries.

The question that arises is - what can you do to prevent these kinds of accidents? First, never drive while distracted. Accidents caused by inattentive driving, whether caused by cell phones or other factors, are on the rise. Second, making complete stops at intersections and letting pedestrians cross before proceeding will help reduce the risk of accidents.

The HAWK pedestrian crossing light (located on Gavilan Peak Parkway at the middle lot entrance to Community Park) was designed in the 1990s in Tucson. The system was designed, in part, to help pedestrians cross high-traffic intersections. Studies have shown a drop in pedestrian/vehicle accidents in intersections using the HAWK crossing light. Learn more about how the system works and results from the study.

Being aware and watching out for your fellow residents will go a long way in reducing the potential for accidents here in Anthem. Let’s make sure everybody enjoys the summer; be courteous on the road, and watch out for pedestrians.