For Drivers:

  1. Always yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.  It is the law.
  • Be especially careful at intersections when making right turns and Right Turns on Red, because pedestrians may have the signal to walk at the same time.
  • Drive slowly in areas where pedestrians are present because speed kills: 90% of pedestrians die if hit by a car at 40mph compared to 5% at 20mph. One in seven deaths is a pedestrian.
  • Use caution when driving in town centers, neighborhoods, schools, playgrounds, bus stops, transit stations–anywhere that people gather. Watch especially for the elderly, who are slow walkers, and children, who have poor judgment about crossing.

For Pedestrians:

  1. When crossing at a signalized intersection, pedestrians must follow the rules too. In the absence of pedestrian signals, cross with the green light – watching for turning vehicles. In the presence of pedestrian signals, start crossing with the WALK light – after looking both ways – the driver may also have a green light.
  2. If there is no sidewalk, walk along the shoulder, facing the traffic.
  3. Watch for vehicles that are backing up or pulling out–in parking lots and driveways–and when walking between parked cars. Drivers may not see you in their rear view mirror.
  4. Be alert for problems in winter. Motorists may not be able to stop in icy or slippery road conditions; wait until a vehicle is stopped before crossing. Hats, scarves and falling snow may muffle approaching vehicle sounds. Make sure your umbrella or hood does not block your view of approaching vehicles.
  5. During the daytime florescent colors are highly visible; at night, a flashlight and reflective materials are very effective