Pedestrians

Vulnerable Roadway Users

Pedestrians

See Also: Motorcycles, Moped Operators, Bicyclists

THE OVERVIEW

Pedestrian fatalities account for, on average, 12% of all traffic-related deaths in South Carolina. South Carolina experienced a high number (271) of pedestrian-involved fatal and severe injury collisions in 2008 (Figure 32). That number decreased by 12.5% the following year (2009). Since 2009, however, the number of pedestrian-involved fatal and severe injury collisions has increased each year, by 5.1% in 2010, 2% in 2011, and 9.1% in 2012.


OUR CHALLENGE

In pedestrian-involved fatalities and severe injury collisions, pedestrians were shown as having contributed to the collisions more than 65% of the time. Also, according to state data analysis, alcohol-impairment is high among pedestrians involved in fatal and severe injury collisions and has shown to have contributed to the collision. Pedestrians are often encountered by motorists at night on secondary roads where they are often inconspicuous to the driver due to dark clothing.

There were many non-motorist activities that contributed to the pedestrian-involved fatal or severe injury collisions. The behaviors or actions taken by the non-motorist, or pedestrian, accounted for 64.2% of the total primary contributing factors for these collisions.

OUR STRATEGIES

Education, Enforcement, Engineering and Emergency Management Services

1 Expand and improve pedestrian facilities.

STRATEGIES (HOW)

1.1   Install separated paths/sidewalks and other pedestrian-friendly road features along corridors and at intersections where supported by crash analysis.

Implementation Area(s):  Engineering

1.2  Consider pedestrian safety and mobility during the needs assessment of all projects.

Implementation Area(s):  Engineering

1.3  Enhance intersection and roadway design to encourage livable communities.

Implementation Area(s):  Engineering

2 Increase enforcement of laws pertaining to pedestrians.

STRATEGIES (HOW)

2.1   Implement targeted enforcement campaigns for pedestrians and motorists. Coordinate special enforcement efforts on a local and district level.

Implementation Area(s):  Enforcement,  Education

2.2  Educate officers on pedestrian-related laws.

Implementation Area(s):  Enforcement,  Education

3 Improve pedestrian safety awareness and behaviors.

STRATEGIES (HOW)

3.1  Implement an awareness campaign emphasizing the risks to pedestrians on high-volume/speed roadways resulting from disabled vehicle, motorist assistance, crossing multi-lanes, etc.

Implementation Area(s):  Education

3.2  Continue pedestrian safety campaigns which promote the use of reflective apparel among pedestrians (conspicuous enhancement).

Implementation Area(s):  Education

3.3  Continue driver education on pedestrian awareness.

Implementation Area(s):  Education

3.4  Encourage the continued School Audits performed by DHEC and other community stakeholders.

Implementation Area(s):  Public Policy

4 Improve likelihood of pedestrian survival.

STRATEGIES (HOW)

4.1   Improve response times to rural collision sites.

Implementation Area(s):  Emergency Services