Archive | January, 2008

Walk Safely – Pedestrian Safety Tips!

Posted on 29 January 2008 by Monica Zech

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Cross the street only at intersections. Do not jaywalk. Never run or dash into the street.

Use marked crosswalks where available. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.

Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again before you step into the street. Be sure to evaluate the distance and speed of oncoming traffic before you step out into the street to ensure that a vehicle has adequate distance in which to stop safely.

Do not cross in the middle of the street or between parked cars. Drivers are not expecting pedestrians to cross mid-block and you are more likely to be hit if you do this.

At intersections, scan over your shoulder for turning vehicles. Make eye contact with the driver of a stopped car while crossing in front or in back of it — making sure that the driver knows you are there. This is also important for cars that might be backing out of driveways.

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