Our Chicago personal injury attorneys were interested to read about the city of Chicago’s newest safety campaign focusing on pedestrian well-being.
The Chicago Department of Transportation has put together a movement intended to raise pedestrian safety awareness throughout the city. Last year in Chicago alone, 32 pedestrians were killed, and another 3000 injured in traffic crashes. According to studies funded by the federal transportation department, almost 80 percent of Chicago automobile accidents involving pedestrians occur when pedestrians are crossing the street with the light in their favor.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Wacker Drive in Chicago has been lined with 32 mannequins to symbolize the 32 pedestrians killed in automobile accidents last year in Chicago. The mannequins are intended to raise safety awareness, and each is dressed in a black tee shirt that reads “ONE of 32 Pedestrians Killed last Year in Chicago.” In addition to the mannequins, Chicagoans will see informational messages on busses, bus shelters, trashcans, and other common visible areas.