Student government leaders at the University of Arkansas met recently to discuss safety measures aimed to reduce the high number of pedestrian accidents on campus. An article on that discussion is available for review here.
Police at the University of Arkansas say 36 pedestrians have been hit by cars since 2014—including a freshman student who died of injuries she sustained when she was struck in a crosswalk. Now, student government leaders hope their efforts can reduce those numbers.
The Deputy Director of Student Safety at the University hopes the school can create a culture where both pedestrians and drivers are more aware of the risks. A captain with the University of Arkansas Police adds officers carefully watch crosswalks on campus—and enforce the laws requiring drivers yield to pedestrians.
A Greater Problem
Pedestrian accidents can cause life-altering—or even fatal—injuries. Recently, a nationwide study indicated close to 70,000 pedestrians are injured—and 5,300 killed—in traffic accidents in the United States each year. At the University of Arkansas, police officials express concern over distracted drivers in those areas on campus where there is high pedestrian traffic.
Even outside of our universities, pedestrian accidents are a source of significant concern. A 2015 Central Arkansas Regional Transportation Study indicates Little Rock alone sees some 144 accidents involving pedestrians and vehicles—with these collisions representing 12% of the region’s traffic fatalities. In fact, Smart Growth America ranked the Little Rock metropolitan area the 14th most-dangerous in the entire United States for pedestrians in 2016.
Be Aware… and Stay Safe
Caddell Reynolds urges all drivers—especially when in areas with high pedestrian traffic—to be attentive, focused, and alert at all times. Avoid distractions and avoid aggressive driving at all costs. At the same time, we urge pedestrians to avoid texting or staring at phones. Pedestrians should also remember to always look left, right, and left again before crossing any street.
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