Pedestrian Safety Tips
No one wants to be involved with the tragedy of a
pedestrian accident. The way to protect yourself is to be aware and to take
extra care to make up for the pedestrian or driver who might not be as
cautious. Take a minute to read over these tips, then share it with your
family and friends.
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Tips for Pedestrians
- Cross where there are signals or crossing guards
- At the signal, cross only when the "walk" signal is
- Check for traffic before stepping into the crosswalk,
staying alert for turning vehicles, vehicles running the red
light, and drivers who might not have seen you. Do not start
to cross until all traffic has stopped.
- Be careful around driveways. Even though you are on the
sidewalk, a vehicle turning in or out of the driveway must
cross the sidewalk and the driver might not be aware of
- At crossings without signals, cross the street one lane
at a time. Cross into the next lane only when it is
absolutely safe to do so.
- Before stepping out to cross, first look left, then
right, then left again to check for any traffic.
- Never assume the next lane will stop or that a driver
sees you just because the lane you are crossing has stopped.
Often when a vehicle stops, it blocks the view of the
pedestrian for drivers in other lanes.
- Be very careful around ice cream trucks. It's exciting
to buy a treat, but keep your mind on crossing the street
- Be extra careful when you get off a bus, making sure to
carefully look for traffic before crossing.
- Parents, walk the routes to school with your children.
Show them the proper places to cross and how to stay safe.
Do the same for other walking routes your children use.
- If possible, avoid walking and crossing the street in
the dark. If you must do so, wear brightly colored or
Tips for Drivers
- Wear sunglasses to avoid glare. Keep your windshield and
- Remember that all corners have crosswalks. Some
are painted on the streets or indicated by signs, but most
are unmarked. A crosswalk still exists there, even when
- Remember, pedestrians have the right of way in
crosswalks, even if the crosswalk is unmarked.
- Look for pedestrians stepping out from between parked
cars. Where there are lots of parked cars, there will likely
- Drivers see motion first. When you see a motion, even
from the corner of your eye, look to see what moved.
- Look for pedestrians before you enter or exit a
driveway. This is when you cross the sidewalk where
pedestrians walk. Since they're on the sidewalk, they might
be less alert than when crossing streets.
- Clear all blind spots to be sure there is no one around.
Don't assume no one is there until you check.
- Use side windows to look around you before backing up.
Checking mirrors is not enough.
- Look all around your vehicle, all the time. Keep your
- Take special care around ice cream trucks that stop for
children. The excitement of buying a treat can distract a
child's attention from traffic. Be careful and drive slowly
when you see one of the ice cream vendors.
- Take extra care around buses, especially school buses.
- Sure, people who cross outside of crosswalks are
jaywalkers and they are in the wrong. But that doesn't make
them targets. Stay alert and watch out for such people. You
want to protect yourself from all accidents.
- Teach your family about pedestrian safety. Walk with
them to where they cross streets so you are sure they are
using the safest routes and know how to watch out for
Awareness: The key to
ending pedestrain accidents
Awareness, by both drivers and pedestrians, is the way to stop
the tragedy of pedestrian accidents. These accidents can happen
when both the pedestrian and the driver are inattentive or
careless. When it comes to pedestrian versus vehicle, the
pedestrian always loses because of the size and weight of the
vehicle. There is little a pedestrian can do to improve a
driver's habits, or that drivers can do about the behavior of
pedestrians. But there are steps each can take to be more
careful. Pedestrians can stop faster and maneuver easier than
vehicles can, so pedestrians can do much to increase their
safety. Drivers can be more alert around areas where pedestrians
are likely to be encountered.
It is estimated that as many as
99 percent of pedestrian accidents could be eliminated if people
took a little extra caution at crosswalks.
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