Pedestrian Safety

Walking is one of the easiest ways to improve your health and help the environment. Knowing the basics to walking safely is often taken for granted. Check out the information and refresh your knowledge and be on your way to a healthier and safer you.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration monitors pedestrian accidents, injuries and fatalities across the country. They try to understand pedestrian risks and to suggest safe walking practices for pedestrians of all ages. To improve your chances for a safe and enjoyable walking experience, see if you recognize some of the following tips:

Intersections
Even with signal lights, walk lights, crosswalks, and stop signs, crossing the street can be difficult.

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  • Cross only at corners or designated crosswalks.
  • Stop at the curb and look left-right-left.
  • Before stepping off the curb, be sure all vehicles have stopped. Make sure drivers see you.

Backing Up
Backing up vehicles pose as much a risk as those moving forward. Accidents can occur in streets, driveways, and parking lots.

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  • Walk in front of parked cars instead of behind them whenever possible.
  • Listen for engine noise.
  • Look for back-up lights.

Visibility
Research shows a sharp increase in accidents during the winter months. This occurs because of decreased daylight and the tendency of pedestrians to wear dark color clothing in winter.

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  • Wear bright colored or light colored clothing such as a cap, hat, scarf, jacket, vest, gloves, sweater, to make you more visible to drivers.
  • Attach a piece of high visibility fluorescent material to your purse, backpack, briefcase, or any item in plain view.

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