Metro Transit launches pedestrian safety campaign
October 29, 2013
With school in session and the fall season here, King County Metro Transit is reminding pedestrians to do their part to remain safe on the roadways.
“Our transit operators are always on the lookout for pedestrians, especially as darker, rainy days set in — but people can do their part too by being safe, being seen and being smart,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said in a press release.
In King County, pedestrian deaths increased from 12 in 2011 to 21 in 2012. There are also hundreds of pedestrian injury collisions each year. Based on preliminary information, at least 220 pedestrian injuries from 210 collisions in King County were reported in the first three months of this year, according to the state Traffic Safety Commission.
Metro safely carries about 400,000 riders each weekday throughout King County. The agency hopes to reverse any trends “and prevent every pedestrian collision we can,” Metro General Manager Kevin Desmond said.
That means continued training for operators, and the installation of useful technology, such as special outward facing cameras, which will be tested on two buses this year.
Pedestrians can do several things to help keep themselves safe, said bus operator Theresa Tobin, a member of Metro’s safety and security team who recently earned her 15-year safe driving award.
“I’m always on the lookout for you, but please, look up from your phone and be aware of traffic when crossing the street,” Tobin said. “And please, if you are wearing dark clothes on a rainy morning — work to see and be seen. When waiting for the bus, please take a step back. We want everyone to be safely away from the edge of traffic.”