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Community Safety

Do You Look Pedestrians in the Eye? Experts Say Drivers Should

Charlotte Gilhooly

 Nearly 100 pedestrians were killed and more than 250 seriously injured in Missouri alone last year—that’s according to the Missouri Department of Transportation, or MoDOT.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety is educating pedestrians and drivers on how to avoid these accidents.


For those pedestrians listening, here are a few tips you should do anytime you walk:

  • Make eye contact with drivers, and don’t assume they have seen you.

  • If you exit a vehicle along the roadway, exit on the side opposite of traffic.

  • Only cross at intersections and crosswalks

  • Avoid wearing headphones while walking

Drivers should:

  • Always be cautious when leaving parking lots
  • Don't text and drive

MoDOT says the top factors contributing to pedestrian-related accidents were a driver’s failure to yield, alcohol or drug impairment, and distraction or inattention.  
For KSMU news, I’m Alec Gura.