Roadway Pedestrian Fatalities in Nebraska on the Rise

A summary of pedestrian fatalities and injuries across the state shows that from 2000 to 2017, an average of 11 pedestrians died each year and 390 were injured on Nebraska roadways.  With three months remaining in the year, 15 pedestrians have tragically lost their life on Nebraska roadways so far this year.   AAA says that drivers and pedestrians alike must share the responsibility of keeping themselves and others on the road safe.  Pedestrians should consider wearing bright-colored clothing to increase their visibility, especially when walking at night.  They should cross only at corners or designated areas.  When crossing a street, always be on the lookout for vehicles approaching in all directions, including those turning right on a red light.  Both pedestrians and drivers should avoid distractions, such as using communication devices that take your mind and eyes off the roadway.  Drivers and pedestrians should always avoid alcohol use as it poses a danger to all roadway users.  Drivers stopped at a red light should always look both ways after the light has changed to green.  Don’t accelerate until the crosswalk is clear of pedestrian traffic.  Sun glare can also pose a threat to pedestrians and drivers, especially just after sunrise and before sunset.  This glare can make it much harder to see the road ahead, creating an added risk to drivers and pedestrians.  Drivers should keep a pair of polarized sunglasses in close reach.  Grime on the inside and outside of the windshield can compromise a driver’s ability to see, so make certain both are cleaned on a regular basis.  Use the visor as needed to reduce glare.  When visibility is a problem, increase your following distance and decrease your speed.  Drive with your headlights on even during daylight hours to increase your visibility to other drivers and pedestrians.  Always scan the roadway and look specifically for pedestrians in the traffic mix.  Expect pedestrians anywhere at any time and always yield to them.