Increased Pedestrian Safety – New Research Findings

DuPage County pedestrian safety remains an important issue. As discussed in the DuPage County pedestrian accidents page, in the year 2012 there were 129 pedestrian accidents in DuPage County, with three fatalities.

Given these pedestrian accidents, as well as the severity of the accident injuries that often result from pedestrian crashes, pedestrian safety remains an important topic.

On March 31, 2015 the Wall Street Journal published an article titled “The Key to Crossing the Street Safely:  Eye Contact.”  The article discusses new research regarding pedestrian safety, and provides statistics with regard to the findings.  As well, national statistics with regard to pedestrian accidents are cited.

An excerpt:

To reduce the chance of getting hit when crossing a street, pedestrians might want to stare at the oncoming drivers, a study suggests.

Drivers stopped more often if pedestrians looked directly into their eyes as the car approached the crosswalk than when they didn’t make eye contact, according to the study, published in the June issue of Safety Science. Men were more likely than women to stop if the pedestrian staring at them was a man.

The article discusses various reasons as to why pedestrians’ looking into the eyes of the drivers would make a difference in drivers’ behavior.

Additional information can be seen in the Wall Street Journal article mentioned above.