Pedestrian Safety

Published on Sep 25, 2018 at 12:09p.m.

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Here are some tips for pedestrians and drivers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:

How pedestrians can stay safe

  • Use sidewalks and pedestrian paths when possible. Otherwise, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic.
  • Avoid distractions such as smartphones and other electronic devices.
  • Never assume a driver sees you, and make eye contact as they approach.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections when possible.
  • Wear bright clothing that makes you visible to drivers, day and night.
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs.

How drivers can stay safe

  • Look for pedestrians everywhere.
  • Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk.
  • Be prepared to stop for pedestrians when turning at intersections.
  • Don't drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Stick to the speed limit and slow when pedestrians are present.
  • Slow down where children may be present, such as school zones and neighborhoods.
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