Did you know that pedestrians account for nearly 20 percent of all traffic deaths? Non-fatal pedestrian accidents are also responsible for over 100,000 emergency room visits each year. Adults 65 and older, as well as children 15 and under, are at higher risk for pedestrian accidents than other age groups.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 6,000 pedestrians were killed in car accidents in 2017. That does not include the 137,000 people who required emergency care for non-fatal injuries.
In recent years, fatal pedestrian accidents have been on the rise in Connecticut. In response to the growing statistics, a Pedestrian Safety Bill was proposed in 2020 and passed in the State Senate after a round of revisions in May 2021.
In recent years, major cities across the United States have seen an influx of electric scooters, also known as E-scooters. Building off the momentum of bike share and rental services, electric scooters have been presented as a new convenient way to travel, without having to rely on public transportation. Yet from the get-go, these scooters caused problems and soon became a public safety hazard.
In today’s busy world, we are often in a rush to get from Point A to Point B. Unfortunately, this reality can be dangerous for our kids. In Connecticut alone, thousands of children take the bus to school every day. When drivers are in a hurry to get to their destinations, it puts students waiting for the bus and crossing the road at risk.