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City Offers Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers

Post Date:04/27/2017 4:32 PM

On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every seven minutes in traffic crashes in 2015, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Fourteen percent of all traffic fatalities and an estimated 3 percent of those injured in traffic crashes were pedestrians.

Most pedestrian injuries occur as the result of the inattention of motorists and the failure of pedestrians to use crosswalks, combined. By taking basic precautions and being aware of one’s surroundings, the likelihood of an unnecessary collision can be dramatically reduced.

Both drivers and pedestrians have certain safety responsibilities that depend on both circumstances and common sense.

Tips for Pedestrians

  • Always obey crossing signals, but make sure to look both ways before crossing into the street. Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals where available and crosswalks.

  • When possible, utilize the sidewalk; if not available, you should walk against the flow of traffic.

  •  Even if you have the right of way, it is important to realize that vehicles may not always stop. Make eye contact with drivers and pay attention to the environment around you.

  • Put down your phone. Smartphones and handheld electronic devices are a daily part of life, but they take your eyes off of the road and distract your attention.

  • Don’t wear headphones. Your ears will tell you a lot about what is happening around you – be sure to use them.

  • The most important safety tip to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities is to pay attention. You can significantly reduce your chances of being in a collision with a motor vehicle by obeying traffic rules and being aware of dangers posed by cars in your vicinity. Make eye contact with drivers if possible and make sure that they can see you.

Tips for Motorists

  • Look out for pedestrians at all times. Drivers must always be alert to the movements of pedestrians, especially in places that attract them such as downtowns, schools and residential areas.

  • Follow posted speed limits at all times, especially in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic. This is even more important in areas that have lower speed limits, such as school zones and neighborhood streets where pedestrians may appear suddenly.

  • Always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.

  • When approaching a crosswalk, reduce your speed and be prepared to stop.

  • When you are stopped at a crosswalk, allow enough room between your vehicle and the crosswalk so other drivers can see the pedestrians you have stopped for.

  • Do not pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They have stopped to allow pedestrians to pass or make sure the way is clear.

  • Put down your phone. Smartphones and handheld electronic devices are a daily part of life, but they take your eyes off of the road and distract your attention.

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