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Pedestrian Safety

Video: Walking Wise
Video: Some sobering statistics


  • 1,217 Pedestrian Crashes
  • 1,154 Pedestrian Injuries
  • 76 Pedestrian Fatalities

Pedestrian crashes occurred most frequently in urban areas, with 81% (985) of all pedestrian crashes and 80% (61) of pedestrian fatalities occurring in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.

  • If you break down pedestrian fatalities by age, 75% (57) are adults (age 20 - 64), 19% (13) are seniors (ages 65 and older), and 8% (6) are children and teenagers up to the age of 20. 
  • Alcohol and drug use plays a significant roll in pedestrian fatalities.  In 2009, 34% (26) or just over one-third of all pedestrians killed were under the influence.
  • In 2009, 65% (49) of pedestrian fatalities occurred between 6:00pm and midnight, a six hour window.
  • In 2009, 1,154 pedestrians were injured, 41% (473) of these injuries occurred between 3:00 pm and 9:00 pm.


  • 1 pedestrian dies every 5 days.
  • 3 pedestrians are injured every day.
  • One pedestrian injury about every 7 hours.

PART OF THE SOLUTION:  FDOT District 7 Activities and Programs

Focus: A multi-faceted solution that includes: Engineering, Education, Enforcement, Coordination with Public Safety Agencies (Police and Fire), and Partnership Activities.


 Engineering:  Design features include: adequate pedestrian-signal timings and pedestrian count-down signals; improved signage and lighting to enhance visibility; raised medians and refuge islands; pedestrian crossing islands/channelization at major intersections; high-emphasis crosswalk markings; flashing "Pedestrian Crossing" signs that alert oncoming traffic to pedestrians in the crosswalk; retro-reflective signs; and roundabouts, where appropriate.  In addition to pedestrian safety enhancements funded through the District's Highway Safety Program funds, District 7 is committed to providing safe mobility for all roadway users though ongoing maintenance projects (i.e. roadway resurfacing) and planned capacity projects (i.e. roadway widening).


Education:  District 7 recognizes the importance of educating drivers and pedestrians with respect to the rights and responsibilities of pedestrians and safe walking practices.  Recently, in 2009, the District implemented the "Stop and Look" public outreach campaign and is currently implementing education strategies identified in the Pedestrian Safety Action Plans including the WalkWise Tampa Bay grassroots education campaign which reaches out to community and business organizations and pedestrian safety messages on local transit and school buses.


Enforcement:  Because of the District's initiative to work with local agency stakeholders to develop Pedestrian Safety Action Plans, the District was able to compete for and win a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to implement the education and enforcement strategies identified in the Action Plans.  The District has used this grant to contract with ten local law enforcement agencies to fund over 6,500 hours of pedestrian safety enforcement within Pinellas, Hillsborough, and Pasco Counties.


10 Tips for Walking Safely

  1. Always be alert and attentive to the traffic and don't cross the street until it is safe.
  2. Be responsible and obey the pedestrian Walk/Don't Walk signals.
  3. Always look left-right-left, and then if it's clear, begin crossing.
  4. When crossing the street, continue to check for traffic in all directions, especially for vehicles turning "Right-on-Red."
  5. Do not assume approaching traffic has seen you.  If there is traffic, make eye-contact with the driver to verify that you have been seen, and your intention to cross is understood.  Always stop first before crossing the street.
  6. Always use sidewalks when they are available.  On roads without sidewalks, walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic.
  7. Never attempt to walk along or cross expressways, interstate highways, or turnpikes.
  8. When walking at night or during the low-light hours of dawn or dusk, wear something reflective on your clothing and shoes, or just carry a flashlight.  (65% of all pedestrian fatalities in 2009 occurred between 6:00pm and midnight - a six hour window.)
  9. Limit alcohol consumption if you plan on walking.  (34% of all pedestrians killed in 2009 had been under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.)
  10. Supervise road crossings for children since they don't have the capacity to safely judge the situation.  (8% of all pedestrian fatalities in 2009 were children and teenagers.)


6 Pedestrian Safety Tips for Drivers

  1. Drive sober.
  2. Obey traffic signals.  Stop completely prior to turning right on red and then yield to pedestrians.
  3. Yield to pedestrians when turning right or making a left turn at intersections
  4. Watch for pedestrians attempting to cross the street.  Yield as required.
  5. Never overtake a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk.
  6. Always expect a pedestrian

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