LSU Pedestrian Accidents And Pedestrian Safety Tips
In the last two weeks, pedestrian accidents on the LSU campus have been on the rise. There were four pedestrian accidents where the victims were mostly inside of the crosswalk. LSU students are speaking out and are concerned about their safety.
Motorists are protected by air bags and numerous other safety features and are insulated from the real consequences of their own dangerous driving habits. They talk on the phone, and often text or speed. They drive when they shouldn’t, and they fail to look out for others when they should. In too many cases, these poor decisions turn out to be catastrophic for pedestrians and bicyclists.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, nearly 80,000 pedestrians are seriously injured and approximately 5,000 others are killed by drivers each year. More often than not these accidents occur in crosswalks.
Here are some safety tips for pedestrians:
• Always use crosswalks when crossing the street
• Stop texting and talking on your cell phone when crossing the street
• Turn down the volume of your iPod or music so you can hear what’s going on around you
• Look both ways before crossing the street; even if the light is green, and you are entering a crosswalk
Campus police said they are stepping up enforcement at the LSU campus when it comes to traffic and pedestrian safety, but it is also our responsibility to be aware of our surroundings especially when crossing a busy intersection.