This year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has declared October national Pedestrian Safety Month to call attention to the growing number of pedestrian crashes and fatalities that occur when there is less daylight. NHTSA reports that 76 percent of pedestrian deaths happen after dark.
Sponsored by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, Street Smart is a fall safety campaign reminding people driving, walking and biking to pay attention and obey traffic safety laws. Now that it’s dark earlier in the evening, it’s more important than ever for people to take care as they drive, walk, and bike.
Street Smart reminds everyone to share the road and look out for each other.
If you’re driving, look twice for people in crosswalks, especially when turning, and stop for walkers and bicyclists.
If you’re biking, use lights at night and when visibility is poor.
When you’re walking, cross in the crosswalk and wait for the "walk" signal.
Bicyclists in Loudoun County are fortunate to have the Washington and Old Dominion Trail and smaller recreational trail systems to enjoy. Loudoun also has many pedestrian trails located in county-operated parks.