In 2017, 5,984 pedestrians were killed, with 75% of those deaths occurring after dark. An additional 31,474 were injured in traffic crashes. The number of pedestrian deaths has increased by 27 percent over the last ten years. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes, and an additional 66,000 were injured in traffic crashes. Your campus is not immune to this problem; in fact, it is a particular challenge along Maryland Parkway on the way to campus. What can you do to avoid becoming a statistic?
- Always cross at marked crosswalks and wear reflective clothing when walking at night.
- Do not cross in the middle of the street or between parked cars.
- Obey any pedestrian signals and look both ways. Never run or dash into the street.
- Look before walking past stopped vehicles. Do not cross just because a driver waves you on.
- Make eye contact with drivers and watch out for traffic as you cross. Avoid texting while crossing the street.
- Use sidewalks where provided. Where no sidewalks are provided, it is usually safer to walk facing road traffic.
- Yield to pedestrians.
- Remember, bicyclists are not considered pedestrians unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles and forfeit their rights as pedestrians in the case of an accident or citation.
- Use marked bike paths or multi-use paths when available.
- Use extra caution as you transition between bike paths, roads, and sidewalks. Be aware that your actions are unpredictable to drivers and pedestrians.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
- Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders. They approach more swiftly than pedestrians.
- Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.
- When you stop for a pedestrian, stop far enough back so that other drivers can also stop in time.
- Stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk when the pedestrian is crossing on your half of the road.
RebelSAFE Mobile App
RebelSAFE is the official mobile safety app of UNLV. Among the many features of the app to help keep the campus community safe, users can send their location via GPS to a friend if they are walking alone. They will be able to track your position and be notified when you've reached your destination safely. To download the free app, visit iTunes or the Google Play Store.
Drivers Beware! Did You Realize...
Alcohol and drugs can impair an individual's ability to walk safely just like they do a person's ability to drive safely. In fact, alcohol consumption by either the driver or the pedestrian was reported in 47% of all pedestrian fatalities, and contrary to popular belief, pedestrians were more likely to be drunk than drivers in these incidents. Of the pedestrians involved in such incidents, 33% had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Of the drivers involved in fatal crashes, only 7% had a BAC of .08 or higher (less than one-third the rate for the pedestrians).
Know the Signs
- If the intersection has a pedestrian signal, press the button and wait for the signal’s "walk" indicator.
- A flashing "don't walk" signal means you should not start crossing the roadway. Pedestrians who have partially completed their crossing should finish crossing or proceed to a safety island.
- A steadily illuminated "don't walk" indicator means it is not safe to enter the roadway.
- Obey any and all pedestrian signals and always cross at marked crosswalks whenever possible.