people crossing the street on a crosswalk at an intersection while in traffic

Traffic leads to pedestrian deaths

people crossing the street on a crosswalk at an intersection while in traffic
Drivers and pedestrians need to be more careful in traffic

Traffic growth

It’s no secret that traffic is worse across the country. Miami-Dade and Broward counties in South Florida are but two examples of the growing problem. It is now an epidemic. A drive that should take 10 minutes usually takes almost 30.

Small town traffic

Yet, the problem of growing traffic is now in all cities and small towns. Take Anderson, SC for example. Clemson Blvd. and the area known as the Bypass are now swamped as well. According to Realtor Pat Baird, it’s busier since she moved there in 2004.

“Oh yeah! It definitely affects work!”, she said. However, it doesn’t just affect her job.

“Clemson Blvd. gets busy at lunchtime!”, she said. What used to happen on the weekends in years past is now a regular occurrence.

Traffic causes pedestrian deaths

The growing traffic problems are now lethal. According to NPR and a report from the Governors Highway Safety Association, “6,227 pedestrians were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2018 — a 4 percent increase over 2017 and the highest mortality rate since 1990.

As they saw in Anderson, misjudging the traffic at any time of day can be costly. Ashley Sexton Nichols and her boyfriend walked her dog on Clemson Blvd. and, because she wasn’t careful, an oncoming car hit her.

Traffic problems and solutions

While an increased number of SUVs and trucks is partly to blame, risky behavior and distractions are now prevalent. For example, it’s no secret that more drivers are using their phones to make calls and text people while driving. In fact, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, more states created a texting ban while driving.

While this is certainly a start, more needs to be done. For one, remember your patience. If you set out on your journey early, you won’t be in such a rush. In addition, don’t worry so much about what others do. Sure, the driver in front of you may be going 10 miles per hour below the speed limit. Just move over and continue your journey.

Pedestrian traffic

For pedestrians, pay attention to your surroundings. Remember that what you don’t hear could cost you. So, take out your earbuds and keep your eyes in front of you. Your friend’s text can wait till you get home.

Conclusion

Remember – getting to your destination should be a fun journey. However, that may mean starting it earlier than before to avoid the new traffic on the road. As for the pedestrians – Cross on the green. Not in between.

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