We are entering the time known as the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer - the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day - and that's especially true for teen drivers in California.
You hear a lot about distracted driving and the dangers of texting behind the wheel, but what about texting while walking? Is it dangerous for pedestrians to use their phones while walking near the road?
The road is certainly a dangerous place for children. While life in general has gotten much safer for kids over the last two hundred years, the invention of the car really put them at risk. Many kids get hit every year and suffer serious injuries. Some pass away.
One of the first things people will tell you about safely walking near traffic is that you should always use the crosswalks. Jaywalking puts you in danger. As long as you cross where drivers expect you to be, you are safer.
If you get involved in a pedestrian accident, as the pedestrian, your odds of suffering from fatal injuries are higher than they are in other types of collisions.
The roads are for everyone: Drivers, cyclists, pedestrians, runners and more. However, the reality is that most people use the roads with motor vehicles, so those in other categories often feel marginalized and like they're in danger. Cars and trucks are the largest, faster and most dangerous things on the road, and they tend to dominate modern streets to an incredible degree.
When it comes to traffic safety, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that, across the board, traffic fatalities are decreasing. But the bad news is that we have entered a period of record highs for pedestrian traffic deaths.
Children can't drive, so when they need to get from point A to B, they usually walk or ride a bicycle. Therefore, parents need to teach their children well about pedestrian and cycling safety. Starting from a young age, here are some of the best principals parents will want their children to fully understand:
Most people will agree that one of the more dangerous driving scenarios is to be on a jammed freeway jockeying for position among a sea of commuters heading to work or home. That's certainly true, as many California drivers can attest.
You know the dangers of jogging and walking near traffic. Even when you have the right of way -- in a crosswalk, for instance -- you can get hit by a driver who does not yield and perhaps never sees you at all. This is especially a problem at dusk and dawn, when it's still fairly dark and you can blend into the shadows.