Traffic Safety News – Don’t Join The Walking Dead

Don’t Join The Walking Dead. That is the new message OHS along with their traffic safety partners are conveying to pedestrians across Delaware.

What you need to know

Walking safely is really just about using your brain. When people walk around mindlessly, they get hurt or killed.  Out of all the
deaths that occur on Delaware roadways, 1 in 4 is a pedestrian death.  And for every pedestrian killed, 12 more are
injured.  Did you know….

  • There were 30 pedestrians killed on Delaware roadways in 2012.
  • The typical pedestrian victim in 2012 was a male over the age of 25.
  • 80% of the pedestrian injuries and fatalities occurred in New Castle County, and
    the majority of those were in the Wilmington area.
  • Alcohol use is the top contributing factor in our state’s pedestrian deaths.

What you can do

Here are some things you can do to avoid joining the walking dead:

  • Do not walk under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Cross only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs.
  • Do not step into a crosswalk if it will create a hazard to motorists, even though you have the right of way.
  • Use sidewalks.  If there isn’t a sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far off the edge of the road as possible.
  • Carry a flashlight or other reflective item when walking at night.
  • Do not hitchhike.

To learn more about pedestrian safety, visit


WalkSmart.  Arrive Alive DE.

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