The Ohio State Highway Patrol has offered safety tips in advance of Halloween activities, in an effort to remind pedestrians and motorists that “pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility.”

“During the last five years, pedestrian-involved crashes have increased. From 2013-2017, there were 13,263 pedestrian-involved crashes in Ohio, resulting in 584 fatalities and 12,333 injuries,” the OSP states. “Pedestrians were at fault in two-thirds of fatal crashes with improper crossing being the leading cause.”

Both pedestrians and motorists play an important role in safety, according to Colonel Paul Pride, Ohio State Highway Patrol superintendent.

“Through education and increased awareness, we can have a significant impact on reducing these crashes in our state,” said Pride.

Below are tips for pedestrians and motorists to observe “to increase pedestrian safety”:

• Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. When no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic as far away from the edge of the roadway as possible.

• Stay alert at all times, motorists and pedestrians should be prepared in case a hazardous situation arises.

• Don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road.

• Pedestrians should wear bright or reflective clothing, especially at night.

• Pedestrians should cross where motorists expect them to, follow pedestrian signs and signals, and never assume a driver can see you.

• Motorists are required to yield to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk and in unmarked crosswalks at intersections.

• Motorists can use bright headlights when legally able to illuminate the roadway and possibly spot a pedestrian walking near the roadway.

• Motorists should slow down and drive cautiously in residential areas.

A statistical map showing pedestrian-involved crashes as well as a county-by-county breakdown of where crashes occurred can be found at publicsafety.ohio.gov/links/Pedestrian_Bulletin_2018.pdf.

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