DELAWARE - Police are urging drivers to slow down and pedestrians to walk smart.
A speed pedestrian crash demonstration was hosted by Delaware's Office of Highway Safety in a campaign to reduce pedestrian crash numbers. At 25 mph, the vehicle is able to stop before hitting the dummy. Then at 35 mph, the car slams into the child. Officials say speed is a factor that is almost always the difference between life and death.
"We had about 26 pedestrian fatalities in 2013, and that's higher than the national average as compared to our overall fatality. So it remains a priority of the Office of Highway Safety as well as the Department of Transportation," Jana Simpler, Director of OHS said.
The agency has put together a Walk Smart campaign that will focus on education and enforcement. Pedestrian safety checkpoints will be set up at high crash areas, providing the public with reflective materials and information about safe pedestrian habits.
For more information on the campaign, visit http://ohs.delaware.gov/pedestriansafety.