Just as drivers have to obey traffic laws, it is important pedestrians follow the rules when entering the roadway and remain vigilant. While a person may never pull a U-turn in the middle of a crowded intersection while driving their car, that same person might suddenly cross the street on foot without even thinking twice. This might not give the oncoming traffic enough time to stop safely.
The latest statistics from Chicago
Over the last decade, the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and City of Chicago have had a number of ongoing efforts aimed at improving pedestrian safety. This meant design improvements, raising awareness for both pedestrians and drivers, and enforcement initiatives. According to the latest statistics released in 2011 (available here), this has made a significant impact. In fact, between 2001 and 2009, the number of pedestrian crashes in Chicago dropped more than 22 percent.