Ed Day, Rockland County Executive
July 25, 2016
Contact: County Executive's Office, (845) 638-5122
Patricia Schnabel Ruppert, DO, MPH, DABFM, FAAFP (845) 364-2512
SEE! BE SEEN! – PEDESTRIAN AND DRIVER SAFETY: IT'S NO ACCIDENT
Rockland County implements pedestrian safety and driver awareness campaign
NEW CITY, NY - - Rockland County Executive Ed Day and County Health Commissioner Dr. Patricia Schnabel Ruppert are pleased to be announce joint efforts with the New York State (NYS) Department of Health, Rockland County Complete Streets Interdepartmental Work Group, and community partners to implement the State's See! Be Seen! pedestrian safety and driver awareness education and enforcement campaign.
During the summer months, information will be distributed in the community, focusing on the Route 45 and Route 59 corridors in Spring Valley and Monsey, to share information about safe walking and driver awareness. NYS traffic data states that the average daily traffic on Route 45 is 17,000 vehicles/day and up to an average of 39,000 vehicles/day on Route 59. From April 2012 to March 2015, the two routes combined have had over 1,100 crashes.
"In order to increase pedestrian safety in our community and compliance with pedestrian and bicyclist traffic laws and regulations, the See! Be Seen! Campaign seeks to bring awareness and understanding of safety issues related to all roadway users," said Dr. Ruppert.
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, in 2013, 4,735 pedestrians were killed in crashes across the United States. On average, one pedestrian dies every two hours and one is seriously injured every eight minutes. Pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely to be killed in a car crash than passenger vehicle occupants on each trip, which is why we need to be educated pedestrians and drivers in order to decrease those statistics.
See! and Be Seen! Campaign is two-fold reaching both pedestrians and drivers.
The campaign reminds pedestrians to:
- Cross at intersections and marked crosswalks
- Obey signals
- Wear visible clothing during nighttime travel
- Pay attention! Don't text while crossing
The campaign reminds drivers to:
- Obey the speed limit
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections
- Pay attention! Don't text while driving
- Expect pedestrians
The Department of Health encourages residents to walk to improve their health; join us in the effort to decrease the rate of pedestrian and driver roadway incidents and create a safe walking environment for all residents.
More information can be found at: http://rocklandgov.com/departments/health/programs-and-services/complete-streets/or www.ny.gov/pedsafety