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Everyone is a Pedestrian

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but there’s one that all road users share—everyone is a pedestrian. Unfortunately, pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2012, totaling 4,743 deaths.

On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes. Fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated 3 percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.” (Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, April 2014) – (PDF 1.20 MB)

Safety is the top priority of the Department of Transportation. Our National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
are working hard to raise awareness of the dangers to pedestrians, and to provide leadership, expertise, and resources to communities across America to combat these crashes.

NHTSA award three new grants for demonstration projects to Louisville, Philadelphia and New York City to influence the safety of pedestrians through public education and enforcement initiatives. The winners will implement data driven education and enforcement strategies to influence traffic safety behaviors among pedestrians and motorists, in conjunction with existing engineering efforts. A combination of education, enforcement, and engineering efforts is the best approach to reversing this three-year upward trend of pedestrian traffic related injuries and deaths.

Please join us in our efforts to reduce risks to pedestrians and promote programs and countermeasures to combat these crashes.

Watch For Pedestrians

Parents and Caregivers

As a parent or caregiver, you want to do everything in your power to make sure your children and older parents are safe every time they walk out the door. The resources below will help you and your loved ones do just that.

For Children

For Aging Adults

Visit NHTSA’s and FHWA’s pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

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Pedestrian Safety Officials

If you’re a State Highway Safety Office or State DOT official, or you work in engineering, law enforcement, or education, you’ve come to the right place. Our research and statistics will help you identify pedestrian safety problems and promote and select programs and countermeasures.

Visit NHTSA’s and FHWA’s pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

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Pedestrian Safety Officials

If you’re a State Highway Safety Office or State DOT official, or you work in engineering, law enforcement, or education, you’ve come to the right place. Our curriculum and resources will help you identify pedestrian safety problems and promote and select programs and countermeasures.

Pedestrian Safety Advocates

Maybe you’re a consumer advocate of pedestrian safety, or perhaps you work on a State or local pedestrian program. In either case, our curriculum and resources will equip you with the tools and information you need to effectively promote pedestrian safety.

Visit NHTSA’s and FHWA’s pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

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Pedestrian Safety Officials

If you’re a State Highway Safety Office or State DOT official, or you work in engineering, law enforcement, or education, you’ve come to the right place. Our programs and activities will help you identify pedestrian safety problems and promote and select programs and countermeasures.

Pedestrian Safety Advocates

Maybe you’re a consumer advocate of pedestrian safety, or perhaps you work on a State or local pedestrian program. In either case, you’ll want to promote these popular pedestrian safety activities.

Visit NHTSA’s and FHWA’s pedestrian Web pages for additional information.

Pedestrian Walking Sign