Safety in the street

Safety In The Street

 

Pedestrian Safety is a Shared Responsibility!

There is no one cause of crashes involving pedestrians. Pedestrians and motorists must both do their part to keep pedestrians safe. Children and senior citizens are at a higher risk of being struck by a motor vehicle. Special emphasis must be made to educate children and seniors about the importance of walking safely.

Pedestrians:

  • Always cross at corners, within marked crosswalks where available.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing. Watch for turning cars.
  • Obey traffic signals, especially “Walk/Don’t Walk”.
  • Remain alert! Don’t assume that cars are going to stop.
  • Wear reflective clothing when walking at night.
  • Stay sober. Walking while impaired greatly increases your chances of being struck.

Motorists:

  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Failure to yield carries a $44 fine and 2 point license penalty (39:4-36).
  • Watch for pedestrians when turning right on red.
  • Obey speed limits.
  • Do not block or park in crosswalks.
  • Be alert for pedestrian at all times.

Children:

  • Cross at intersections only.
  • Never cross from in-between parked cars.
  • Before crossing, look left, right and left again and listen for traffic.
  • Wear light colored or reflective clothing at night.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals.
  • Avoid playing in driveways or on sidewalks near roadways.

Seniors:

  • Walk on sidewalks and cross only at corners, within marked crosswalks.
  • Wear bright-colored or reflective clothing, especially at night.
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing and be on the lookout for turning vehicles.
  • Make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of a vehicle.
  • Learn the proper use of “Walk/Don’t Walk” signals.
  • Use the buddy system. Walk and cross with others when possible.
  • If possible do not walk at night of during bad weather such as snow, rain or ice.