According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 5,987 pedestrian deaths in 2016. This was a 9% increase from 2015 and is the highest number since 1990.
There are many causes to these tragic accidents and can be attributed to both driver and pedestrian behaviors. In 2016, there were 25 automobile vs pedestrian accidents in Sandy, one of which was fatal. In 2017, there were 41 automobile vs pedestrian accidents, of which 2 were fatal (a 61% increase!).
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.
- Obey official traffic control devices
- Use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk when possible
- Decrease distractions from electronic devices
- Not assume motorists see you and will yield (even if legally required)
- 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