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October 2020 is Pedestrian Safety Month

The Department of Motor Vehicles along with NHTSA recognizes October as Pedestrian Safety Awareness month.  The Virginia crash data indicates pedestrian crashes, fatalities and injuries trended higher for three consecutive years. Therefore, there is a need to educate our communities on pedestrian safety. Pedestrian crash data totals in the Commonwealth of Virginia are as follows:

2017

2018

2019

Crashes  

Fatalities  

Serious Injuries

Crashes  

Fatalities  

Serious Injuries

Crashes  

Fatalities  

Serious Injuries

1608

114

447

1623

123

424

1625

124

432

However, messaging, education and enforcement initiatives by all partners' has assisted in reducing fatalities and serious injuries. See the comparison from 2019 – 2020 preliminary data through September 15 of each year:                                                   

Year

Fatalities  

Serious Injuries

2019

77

262

2020

71

213

Knowing the data and using the available resources below will be important as we all work to decrease the pedestrian related crashes, fatalities, and injuries. The following resources are included for our partners to use to educate our communities. 

Contact Dwight Jenkins, Pedestrian/Bicycle Coordinator if there are any questions or concerns related to making Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month a priority in your local community.


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