The US Department of Transportation and a number of related federal agencies are rolling out a series of campaigns and measures to help reduce the number of auto accidents injuring and killing pedestrians every year.
The month of October is being marked as National Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month, and the Department of Transportation is spearheading efforts to raise awareness about the rights of pedestrians and the need to keep them safe. There has never been a better time to bring awareness to the rights of pedestrians than now. In 2020, an average of 18 pedestrians were killed every day in the United States. A total of 6,516 pedestrians were killed in auto accidents that year.
This is a staggering total by any estimate. It has led to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg commenting that Americans now live in a time when it is safer to fly than walk. Other federal transportation officials have also commented on these statistics, saying that it is unacceptable that Americans are unsafe when they walk.