Back to School: Driving and Pedestrian Safety

It is that time again, and soon we will see young pedestrians with backpacks heading to and from school. Walking to and from school is a healthy activity for children, when done safely and properly. Below are two short lists of what pedestrians and drivers can do to promote Pedestrian Safety this school year.

Pedestrians:

  • Pay Attention to surroundings when walking! Know where all moving cars are in the area and make eye contact with drivers and make sure they can see you.
  • Yield to drivers when crossing a road where there is no intersection or crosswalk or where the pedestrian does not have a green or “walk” signal and where vehicles have a green signal
  • Do not suddenly move into the path of a closely approaching vehicle that does not have sufficient time to yield for a pedestrian
  • Walk on and along the left side of a highway when not walking on a sidewalk
  • Avoid walking at dusk and night, but always wear bright, reflective clothing when walking.
  • Do not allow children to walk alone until they have mastered all of the points above.

Drivers:

  • Pay attention to surroundings when driving and look for pedestrians.
  • Yield to pedestrians crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway
  • Yield to pedestrians crossing at an intersection or crosswalk on a “walk” signal or a green light, if there is no walk signal
  • Yield to pedestrians crossing the highway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic lights or control signals
  • Do not pass any vehicle that stops at an intersection or crosswalk to permit a pedestrian or to cross the roadway safely

Together, we can significantly reduce the chances of a motor vehicle/pedestrian collision by following these simple traffic rules and being aware of possible dangers.

http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/motorist/pedestrians/rules.htm

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