Beebe Medical Center reminds Pedestrians to take care

In the wake of an increase in pedestrian fatalities in Delaware, Beebe Medical Center urges people to take extra precautionary measures when either crossing or walking along a busy thoroughfare.

So far this year, six pedestrians have died in traffic accidents on local roadways, representing nearly half of all the pedestrian deaths in Delaware this year. This summer, members of Beebe Medical Center’s Trauma Program have been working alongside those with the Delaware State Police, the Office of Highway Safety Officials, and the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) in a pedestrian safety campaign. The campaign includes educating the public by sharing information at pedestrian safety checkpoints throughout the state.

“More aggressive efforts have been implemented because the accidents keep happening,” says Michelle Arford, CSTR, Injury Prevention Coordinator at Beebe Medical Center. “Having these safety checks helps people get information on walking safely, and especially making sure that they are seen by drivers at all times.”

Ms. Arford is one of several Beebe Medical Center staff members that have been distributing educational materials at the pedestrian safety check points in Lewes and Dewey Beach. The important safety tips include:  

* Cross only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs. Look left, right, and left again.  Only start to cross when it’s clear.

* Do not risk crossing outside of a crosswalk or intersection just because it’s more convenient, especially on high speed roadways. Cars cannot stop in time for you.

* Use sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far off the edge of the road as possible.

* Do not step into a crosswalk if it will create a hazard to motorists. When it is clear to cross, continue to watch for traffic while crossing the street until you have safely reached the other side.

* Carry a flashlight or other reflective item when walking at night. It’s the law.

* Do not hitchhike.

* Teach children not to run into the street after balls or other toys, and don’t allow them to cross alone until you’ve practiced the basics with them hundreds of times.

* Do not walk under the influence of alcohol or drugs.  Impaired walking is like impaired driving; it is illegal and can be deadly.

* If your vehicle breaks down on an interstate or busy roadway, don’t leave your vehicle.  Instead call #77 or 911 for assistance.  Motorists can also call #77 to report a disabled vehicle they see on the roadways.

* If you are driving, be on the lookout for pedestrians near the roadway.  

Beebe Medical Center is a not-for-profit community healthcare system with a charitable mission to encourage healthy living, prevent illness, and restore optimal health for the people residing, working, or visiting in the communities we serve. It offers multiple services throughout Southern Delaware including a 210-licensed-bed hospital, a cancer center, and outpatient facilities at multiple sites providing lab, imaging, physical rehab services and walk-in care. For more information, please visit us online at