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 seen and be safe:
- Wear bright/light colored clothing and reflective materials to be visible to other road users.
- Carry a flashlight when walking at night.
- Cross in a well-lit area at night.
- Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars or other obstacles before crossing so drivers can see you.
Be smart and alert:
- Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Stay sober; walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
- Don’t assume vehicles will stop; make eye contact with drivers, don’t just look at the vehicle. If a driver is on a cell phone, they may not be paying enough attention to drive safely.
- Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals; look before you cross the road.
- Be alert to engine noise or backup lights on cars when in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.
Be safe at crossings:
- Cross streets at marked pedestrian crosswalks or intersections, if possible.
- Obey traffic signals for pedestrians, such as WALK/DON’T WALK signs.
- Look left, right, and left again before you cross a street.
- Watch ou for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop for you.
- Look across ALL lanes you need to cross and visually clear each lane before proceeding. Just because one motorist stops, do not presume drivers in other lanes can see you and will stop for you.
- Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while crossing.
Child pedestrian safety
Children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walk near traffic. Kids are small, unpredictable, and cannot judge vehicle distances and speeds to keep safe.
- Always hold your child’s hand. Never allow a child under 10 to cross the street alone.
- If your view of approaching traffic is blocked by something, move to where you can hold your child’s hand.
- As children get older, let them lead you to prove that they are aware of pedestrian safety, before you allow them to walk on their own.