Delaware Begins "Walk Smart" Campaign - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Delaware Begins "Walk Smart" Campaign

Posted:
REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - The Office of Highway Safety and the Delaware Department of Transportation have teamed-up to launch a campaign this week to educate people about pedestrian safety.

It is called the "Walk Smart" campaign.

May happens to be the month with the highest number of pedestrian-related crashes in the state of Delaware. One problem area is Sussex County's Route 1 highway .Between 2011 and 2013, there were 20 pedestrian related accidents on Route 1 between Lewes and Fenwick Island.

 As the weather gets better, more and more people walk and bike down the Coastal Highway.  According to Douglas Holstein, he notices it every year.

"Everyone's excited and moving around and not paying attention," he said. "For the past couple of years it's gotten a lot worse, we have more people down here and nobody really pays attention to what's going on, it's a very flat road, there's a lot of intersections and for people in crosswalks it can be really dangerous."

Seth Bratten works as a sign-twirler and dancer for several businesses up and down Route 1 in Rehoboth Beach. He said he sees a lot of problems come summertime.

"Pedestrians are not safe," he explained. "They don't have the crosswalks that they need at every light where people are."

According to the Centers for Disease Control, in the U.S., one crash-related pedestrian death occurs every two hours. In an effort to improve this startling statistic, the "Walk Smart" campaign provided demonstrations to show people what could happen.

Recommendations include slowing down for drivers, and being vigilant for pedestrians.

Follow this link to see a video of these demonstrations.




  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Updated: Fire Ruins Historical Hebron Church

    Updated: Fire Ruins Historical Hebron Church

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-07-22 20:31:09 GMT
    Fire has destroyed the historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church located on westbound Route 50 in Hebron.More
    Authorities are investigating a Tuesday fire that destroyed the historical St. Paul's Episcopal Church at the corner of Memory Gardens Lane and Route 50 in Hebron, Md. Preliminary damage is estimated at approximately $500,000.More
  • Two Killed in Del. Crash

    Two Killed in Del. Crash

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:45 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:45:19 GMT
    Delaware State Police say two Dover men were killed Monday night after the tow truck they were riding in went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole near Little Creek.More
    Delaware State Police say two Dover men were killed Monday night after the tow truck they were riding in went off the road and crashed into a telephone pole near Little Creek. More
  • Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Health Law

    Federal Appeals Court Deals Blow to Health Law

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:46 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:46:35 GMT
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.More
    A federal appeals court has delivered a serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law, potentially derailing subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who have bought policies.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service