September 2023 is Pedestrian Safety Month in California!

September 6, 2023

Pedestrian Safety Month is celebrated each September in California and the event is spearheaded by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

Each year, OTS and its partners raise awareness about the safety risks pedestrians face on the road and the roles each road user can take to ensure those walking can do so safely and comfortably. Based on data projections from the Governors Highway Safety Association, 7,508 pedestrians were killed in traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2022, the highest number since 1981. In California, pedestrian deaths account for more than 25% of all traffic deaths. These losses of life are unacceptable and preventable.

This year, OTS reminds us that safety is sharing and safety is caring. Every step counts when it comes to protecting everyone on our roads. Here are some tips on how you can help keep your community safe:

Safety Tips for People Driving A photo of a crosswalk is overlaid with the text "September is Pedestrian Safety Month"

  • Follow the speed limit.

  • Slow down at intersections.

  • Give pedestrians a brake at crosswalks and unmarked corners.

Safety Tips for People Walking

  • Be predictable. Use crosswalks when available.

  • Be aware of approaching vehicles and practice due care.

  • Be visible. Make it easier for drivers to see you. Be extra careful crossing at night when it is harder to see or when crossing busier streets with more lanes and higher speed limits.

Pedestrian Safety Resources

Explore our sampling of resources on CATSIP and from traffic safety partners and advocacy organizations throughout the state and beyond!