It’s Pedestrian Safety Week
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Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee Police Department and the Milwaukee Brewer’s Polish Racing Sausage kicked off “Pedestrian Safety Week” today. They carried signs reminding drivers that they need to yield for pedestrians in the crosswalk. In fact Mayor Barrett’s sign read “Why did Mayor Barrett cross the road? To remind drivers of state law. Yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.” All joking aside, often crossing the street in a crosswalk is a gamble because drivers either ignore the law or are unaware they are legally required to stop.
The bad news is that Milwaukee still has approximately 600 pedestrian accidents each year. The good news is that pedestrian fatalities have dropped from 18 last year to only seven so far this year. The improvement is definitely a step in the right direction but improvement still needs to be made to reduce fatalities and overall pedestrian accidents. Hopefully next year Milwaukee can reach the stated goal of having zero pedestrian fatalities slash pedestrian accidents. Unfortunately I’m not sure this event will do a lot to reduce the loss of life but possibly it will raise awareness.
Really though the solution is simple. Slow down and stop.