Every Life Counts – Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Every day is the perfect day to remind friends, co-workers, and loved ones, that Every Life Counts!

This week, as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, let’s spread the message that while this holiday encourages alcohol consumption, impairment often leads to unsafe decisions. Decisions that can affect everyone’s safety.

Facts

  • In 2014, more than 23% of pedestrian fatalities were impaired pedestrians (drug or alcohol), and more than 17% of bicyclist fatalities were impaired bicyclists. 
  • It is a crime to drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol. Motorists who make this choice put themselves, and everyone around them at risk.
  • Depending on the level of impairment, pedestrians and bicyclists may not maintain the perceptual, cognitive, or physical skills required to navigate their routes safely, placing them at greater risk of crash involvement.
  • Impaired pedestrians are more likely to cross against the signal, dart into traffic, or trip and fall from the curb.
  • Impaired bicyclists are more likely to ride without lights at night, ride against the flow of traffic, or weave in and out of traffic.
  • Every crash, every injury, every fatality, not only affects those involved. It also affects their families, friends, and community.

A recent report records a 10 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities across the nation for first half of 2015. Florida however, is down 4 percent in pedestrian fatalities for the same period.   Let’s keep up the good work!

FDOT’s goal is to continue this downward trend. To accomplish this, we will continue to be innovative in our approach to pedestrian and bicyclist safety and consistently develop new, proactive campaigns and tools to address key behaviors that affect these vulnerable road users.  You’ll be hearing more about them throughout the year. 

 

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