National Pedestrian Safety Month Begins this October

HUMBOLDT, Calif. (KIEM)- The National Road Safety Foundation announced its first National Pedestrian Safety Month this October. They are providing safety courses to drivers, people who use public transportation and everyday pedestrians. 

Pedestrian deaths account for more than 17% of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States. More than 15% of the national pedestrian death toll of 6,721comes from California, making it the state with the highest number of pedestrian deaths.

The National Road Safety Foundation focuses on California by working with many local safety organizations and hosting the Drive Safe California PSA Contest. 

“The number of deaths increased in 2020. During the pandemic, everyone chose to walk to their destinations instead of getting on public transportation or getting in shared vehicles,” said Michelle Anderson, President of the National Road Safety Foundation.