WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENTS?

AGAINST ALL OTHER TYPES OF TRAFFIC THE PEDESTRIAN COMES OUT SECOND BEST IN ANY CONFLICT. WHETHER THE ACCIDENT INVOLVES TRAIN, STREET-CAR, AUTOMOBILE, OR BICYCLE IT IS THE PEDESTRIAN WHO SUFFERS INJURY OR DEATH. WE MUST INCREASE PEDETRIAN RECOGNITION OF RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS OWN SAFETY WITHOUT REDUCING THE DRIVER'S RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEDESTRIAN PROTECTION. EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS MUST BE DIRECTED PARTICULARLY AT NON-DRIVERS OF ALL CLASSES AND, ESPECIALLY, THROUGH THE AGENCIES WHICH REACH PERSONS OF THE LOWER SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CLASSES. OTHER SERIOUS PEDESTRIAN PROBLEMS INCLUDE THE PROTECTION OF ELDERLY PERSONS IN TRAFFIC, AND THE MENACE OF PEDESTRIANS UNDER ALCOHOLIC INFLUENCE. IT IS FURTHER BELIEVED THAT A HIGH DEGREE OF PEDESTRIAN OBEDIENCE TO STOP AND GO SIGNALS MUST BE EVOLVED. THE NIGHT ACCIDENT PROBLEM IS TO QUITE AN EXTENT A PEDESTRIAN PROBLEM. MODERN STREET LIGHTING ADEQUATE FOR TRANSPORTATION PROTECTION IS NOT A LUXURY BUT A NECESSITY. CONSIDERABLE PROGRESS HAS BEEN MADE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF METHODS OF PHYSICAL PROTECTION FOR PEDESTRIANS. TOO OFTEN THESE ADVANTAGES ARE DISREGARDED BY THE PERSONS WHOM THEY ARE INTENDED TO PROTECT. OFTEN, TOO, THEIR ADVANTAGES ARE FRUSTRATED BY THE CARELESS CONSIDERATION OF DRIVERS. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Vol 18, Pt 1, PP 387-394
  • Authors:
    • Reeder, E J
    • Morrison, R L
    • Conner, C N
    • Marsh, B W
  • Publication Date: 1939

Media Info

  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the Highway Research Board Held at Washington, D.C. November 28-December 2, 1938. Part I
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  • Accession Number: 00221015
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 1 1971 12:00AM