It is the established purpose of the Pedestrian Safety Institute to reduce injuries and fatalities suffered by pedestrians in the United States every year and to provide tips, tools and training to keep people safe from unfortunate interactions between cars and people.
18 PEOPLE DIE EVERYDAY
More than 6,500 deaths per year
DID YOU KNOW?
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics going back 45 years, the deadliest months of the year, for drivers and pedestrians alike, have been the “vacation months” — July through October. Of the year’s four deadliest holiday weekends, three occur in summer, and the fatal crashes involve higher-than-average numbers of alcohol-impaired drivers. Here, for example, were the nationwide statistics for 2019:
Labor Day Weekend — 390 killed, 38% of the involved driver’s alcohol-impaired;
Memorial Day Weekend — 366 killed, 37% of involved drivers impaired;
Fourth of July Weekend — 405 killed, 40% of involved drivers impaired.
(For comparison, the overall rate of alcohol-impaired-driver-related fatalities was 28%)