In Puerto Rico the percentage of pedestrian fatalities represented 33.47% of all traffic fatalities between 2014 and 2018. The efforts to reduce this tragic trend in Puerto Rico need to be strengthen if we want to reduce the consistent percentage of pedestrian fatalities. Understanding this need and spread the message at all levels and sectors is the most important task for this SHSP’s implementation cycle.
Strategic Goal: Reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries.
Performance Measure: 5-year moving average of pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries.
Objective (Performance Goal):
a. To reduce the 5-year moving average of pedestrian fatalities from 100 to 92 within the next 5 years.
b. To reduce the 5-year moving average of pedestrian serious injuries from 311 to 277 within the next 5 years.
4. Most Relevant Points
a. Improve the highway infrastructure to accommodate people who are walking (e.g. add sidewalks, install lighting, elevated crossings, pedestrian-only phases at intersections, etc.).
b. Educate the public about the impact of people hit on public roads while walking.
c. Modify the identification system/driver's license to facilitate pedestrian enforcement.
d. Incorporate pedestrian safety into land use planning and other local design plans and guides (e.g., PRHTA Comprehensive Cycle and Pedestrian Plan, LRTP, etc.).
e. Strengthen educational programs at all levels.
f. Evaluate the needs for compliance with traffic laws and regulations of people who walk on public roads.
g. Aid communities and non-profit organizations for the development and implementation of local highway safety improvement projects.