Latest Pedestrian crossing Stories

2011-01-20 10:00:00

Fatalities projected up during first six months for the first time in 5 years WASHINGTON, Jan. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) reveals that pedestrian fatalities increased during the first six months of 2010. While the increase is small - 0.4 percent - it is notable because overall traffic fatalities during this period were significantly down, and this comes on the heels of four straight years of steady...

2010-10-05 11:07:00

HARRISBURG, Pa., Oct. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In celebration of International Walk to School Day on Oct. 6, PennDOT is asking parents and communities to promote safe walking and bicycling to school. October is also recognized as Walk to School month. "Walking or bicycling to school is a great opportunity for exercise and promotes a healthy lifestyle," said PennDOT Secretary Allen D. Biehler, P.E. "However, it is also a necessity for many students across Pennsylvania. Students, parents...

2010-07-15 14:37:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As Ohio roads continue to experience increased traffic and congestion during the busy summer months, the Traffic Safety Coalition reminds Ohio motorists to obey the rules of the road, maintain safe speeds, and exercise caution at intersections. During the summer, more families travel by car for vacation, joggers, and cyclists use our roads for recreation, and students home from school get behind the wheels of their parents cars. All these factors...

2010-05-05 11:23:00

HB 43 Would Make Sure Drivers Respect Pedestrians' Right of Way SPRINGFIELD, Ill., May 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Every year in Illinois, thousands of pedestrians are hit by cars, and over 150 of them lose their lives. Legislation passed by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly will ensure that even if traffic signs are not present at a crosswalk, vehicles will come to a full stop and yield when pedestrians are present. The legislation also includes hefty fines for violators. The...

2009-10-27 07:00:00

This Halloween - drivers, parents and children should slow down for safety WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On a night when many children spend hours in close proximity to cars as they navigate through neighborhoods gathering candy, pedestrian safety should be a top priority for both drivers and parents. On average, twice as many kids are killed while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year. Halloween falls on a Saturday this year, and many kids will be out...

2009-10-07 07:00:00

International Walk to School Day Activities Mark 10-year Anniversary of FedEx Sponsorship of Safe Kids Worldwide WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Safe Kids Worldwide will be joined by FedEx volunteers and hundreds of thousands of local school children across the globe on October 7 to raise awareness of pedestrian safety on International Walk to School Day. According to the World Health Organization, road traffic injuries are the second leading cause of death among children...

2009-09-18 09:24:42

A team of researchers from the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM) has developed an intelligent surveillance system able to detect aberrant behavior by drivers and people on foot crossing pedestrian crossings and in other urban settings. The study, published this month in the journal Expert Systems with Applications, could be used to penalize incorrect behavior. "We have developed an intelligence surveillance software and related theoretical model in order to define 'normality' in any...

2009-08-02 23:59:44

A U.S. safety expert advises parents not let a child under age 10 to cross the street alone and be sure children wear brightly colored clothing when walking. Injury prevention coordinator Susan Laurence of Trauma Services at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in Ohio also says bright colors might make a child more visible to traffic. As children begin preparing to return to school, it's important for parents and children to go over safety tips together, Laurence says in a...

2009-01-05 17:50:14

An Alaska non-profit is suggesting methods of protecting moose on roads, including crosswalks with flashing lights and groomed trails to feedlots. The president of the Alaska Moose Federation, Gary Olson, met with state Department of Transportation officials in Fairbanks to discuss methods of keeping moose away from the roads, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Monday. Everybody loves moose and they taste a lot better when they're not marinated with antifreeze, Olson said. One of the...

2008-08-02 12:00:23

By Pat Reavy Deseret News SOUTH SALT LAKE -- In an effort to make motorists more aware of pedestrians and to increase safety for people crossing busy streets, police here Wednesday conducted a special crosswalk-enforcement effort. For four hours, South Salt Lake police officer Swen Heinberg, dressed in shorts and flip-flops, crossed 2700 South at 430 East, in a crosswalk. Standing in the shadows away from the street were two officers observing, keeping track of the violations and radioing...

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