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A Safer Place: Pedestrian Safety

Post Date:02/19/2019 5:00 PM

Pedestrian Safety

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), the early estimate for accidents in 2017 involving automobile vs pedestrian deaths was 5,984. This is almost holding steady with 2016 when there were 5,987 pedestrian deaths. This is a decrease from 2016 by three deaths.    

In Sandy City alone during 2017, there were 41 automobile versus pedestrian accidents, two of them were fatal. In 2018, there were 39 automobile versus pedestrian accidents, one of them was fatal (a 50% decrease). 

There are many causes to these tragic accidents which can be attributed to both driver and pedestrian behaviors. Sandy City strives to provide safe areas for pedestrians to move about the city; caution must be used when pedestrians and motorists navigate the roadway together in an effort to reduce these avoidable accidents.


Pedestrians must:

  • Obey official traffic control devices
  • Use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk when possible
  • Lessen distractions from electronic devices
  • Not assume motorist see you and will yield (even if legally required)


Drivers must:

  • Exercise due care to avoid collision with a pedestrian
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Follow the posted speed limits
  • Stop or slow down before passing another vehicle stopped in a travel lane until the driver has determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian
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