October is National Pedestrian Safety Month!
In 2021, there were 7,388 pedestrians killed in traffic collisions in the United States, which accounted for a 12.5% increase in 2020. This equates to one pedestrian being killed every 71 minutes and injured every 9 minutes in traffic crashes. Also, in 2021, 190 South Carolinians lost their lives while walking. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has identified the month of October as National Pedestrian Safety Month with a goal of increasing awareness about pedestrian safety and reminding drivers and walkers that staying safe is a shared responsibility.