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When are pedestrians in the most danger?   It is  New Year’s Eve.   Why?  It is usually a combination of drunk drivers and drunk walkers. “Alcohol impairs your physical ability to walk and to drive,” said Dr. Thomas Esposito at Loyola University Health System in Maywood “It impairs your judgment, reflexes and coordination. It’s nothing more than a socially acceptable, over-the-counter stimulant/depressant.”

Buisness week reported that:

A study from the journal Injury Prevention found there are more pedestrians killed on New Year’s Day than any other day of the year. From 1986 to 2002, a total of 410 pedestrians were killed on that date.

Esposito’s advice to those who walk outside at night is:

  • Don’t put on a black coat and meander along the side of the road.
  • Wear bright clothing, stick to sidewalks and cross at designated crossings.
  • Walk in groups to increase your visibility to drivers and
  • consider walking with a sober pal if you’ve been drinking.

Here at the Legal Examiner , we regularly write about pedestrians :

Halloween a Deadly Night for Child Pedestrians and DUI Drivers Kevin Duffan

Distracted Pedestrians As Dangerous as Distracted Drivers Mark Bello

Slip and Fall Accidents Increase During the Holiday Season, Mark Bello | December 04, 2012 10:03 AM

Crosswalk Mayhem – 2009 Pedestrian Deaths Spike, Joe Crumley | October 01, 2009 8:09 PM

Start Yielding For Crosswalks, Mike Bryant | July 27, 2009 9:48 AM

Hawaii Crosswalk Safety Chronicles: On a Day of Tragedy, What is the law?, Wayne Parsons | May 28, 2009 7:39 PM

On New Years safety see:

Safely Ringing in the New Year Goes Beyond Our Roadways, Mark Bello |

Child Pedestrians Most At-Risk After School, in the Spring, says Study, Nathaniel Fick |

The point is:  Be careful out there.

As with any death in a Minnesota motor vehicle collision, there are many issues that will need to be reviewed. My partner, Joe Crumley, addressed this topic in a article for the Minnesota Lawyers Trial magazine. I was interviewed in the past on the same topic.So take care walking tomorrow night.

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