A recently published article from Harrisonburg’s WSHV reminds viewers that October is Passenger Safety Month.

According to the Governor Highway Safety Association, 7,508 people died in accidents involving pedestrians in 2022. So far in 2023, the Shenandoah Valley has seen 35 pedestrian-involved crashes resulting in 33 injuries and 5 deaths.  The most common times pedestrian-involved crashes occur are in early morning and evening when visibility is often reduced.

To encourage safer behavior for pedestrians and drivers alike, Harrisonburg Fire Chief Matthew Tobia suggested, “If you’re driving in a car, put your cell phone in the back seat, if you are walking or riding on a bicycle, put that phone in your pocket.” Tobia stressed the importance of being aware of one’s surroundings, driving defensively, and taking care of one another, “Everybody needs to look out for everybody else, we’re all partners in keeping each other safe in this community.”


The original WHSV article can be read here.

The Governor’s Highway Safety Association report can be read here.