Pedestrians Safety Tips
Make yourself visible to drivers
- Wear reflective materials and bright/light colored clothing. Many people are unaware that they are virtually invisible to drivers at night. Clothing with reflective materials (such as vests for runners/bikers) can make you visible from up to 500 feet away.
- Carry a flashlight when walking at night. Don’t wear headphones. Use extreme caution when crossing the street – assume that drivers cannot see you.
- Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles so drivers can see you.
Avoid dangerous behaviors
- Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
- Be aware of the dangers of drinking and walking – walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
- Watch for cars reversing in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.
Look before you step
- Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections if possible.
- Obey traffic signals such as walk/don’t walk signals.
- Don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals; look left, right, behind you, and left again before crossing a street or stepping into traffic.
- Watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop.
- Look across all lanes you must cross and make sure each lane is clear before proceeding.
Watch for pedestrians at all times
- Scan the road and sides of the road ahead for potential pedestrians.
- Before making a turn, look in all directions for pedestrians crossing.
- Don’t drive distracted or after consuming alcohol or other drugs.
- For maximum visibility, keep your windshield clean and headlights on.
Yield to pedestrians at crossings
- Stop or yield to pedestrians at crosswalks, whether marked or unmarked.
- Stop or yield to pedestrians when making right or left turns at intersections.
- Do not block or park in crosswalks.
Drive the speed limit and avoid aggressive maneuvers
- Never pass/overtake a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
- Obey speed limits and come to a complete stop at stop signs.
- Always be prepared to stop for pedestrians, especially in residential areas and near schools.