Christiana Hospital hosts pedestrian safety news conference

In a news conference Nov. 13 outside the Christiana Hospital Emergency Department, the Delaware Office of Highway Safety announced education, enforcement and engineering initiatives that have been launched to reduce pedestrian-related crashes across the state.

The Office of Highway Safety, which was joined by Delaware State Police and the Delaware Department of Transportation, selected Christiana Hospital as host of the conference because it is home to the only Level I trauma center caring for adults and children in Delaware — the only one of its kind between Philadelphia and Baltimore.

During the news conference, Kevin Bradley, M.D., FACS, trauma surgeon and associate medical director for the Christiana Care Trauma Program, urged pedestrians to be careful when crossing roadways.

“All too often, we are called upon to provide emergency care and trauma care for our neighbors who are injured while trying to cross the roads,” he said. “We hope through this announcement that we can prevent more pedestrian crashes and that we can encourage our neighbors to make smart crossing decisions.”

More than 50 people, including Christiana Care nurses and paramedics, attended the news conference, which was covered by The News Journal, WDEL, WHYY and Delaware Public Media.