Pedestrian Safety

Walking Safely - Safety is a shared responsibility for all road users, including drivers and pedestrians. The following are some tips to improve road safety for everyone. 


►Be safe and be seen: make yourself visible to drivers

  • Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Make it easy for drivers to see you—dress in light colors and wear reflective material. Carry a flashlight in very dark areas.
  • Be predictable. Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
  • Remember alcohol and other drugs can impair your ability to walk safely, just like they do a person’s ability to drive.
  • Be wary. Most drivers are nice people, but don’t count on them paying attention. Watch out—make eye contact to be sure they see you!

►Be careful at crossings: look before you step

  • Obey traffic signals such as WALK/DON’T Walk signs
  • Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
  • Watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
  • Look across ALL lanes you must cross and visually clear each lane fore proceeding. Just because on motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
  • Don’t wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.Children special cirsumstances link 


►Be alert: watch for pedestrians at all times.

  • Scan the road and the sides of the road ahead. You can encounter pedestrians anytime and anywhere—even in places here they are not supposed to be found.
  • Don’t drive distracted or impaired. Stay off your cell phone while driving.

►Be responsible: yield to pedestrians at crossings.

  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked. Stop two cars back so that drivers in the other lanes can also see the pedestrian in time to stop.
  • Yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.

►Be patient: drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers.

  • Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at STOP signs.
  • Don’t assume that pedestrians see you or that they will act predictably
  • Be especially attentive around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active.





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