Drivers must watch carefully for pedestrians. Many collisions are the result of pedestrians not paying attention or entering traffic carelessly. Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way or do not use caution when pedestrians are present cause many collisions. Consider the following suggestions for pedestrian safety:

  • Drive slowly and remain alert in any areas where there are pedestrians present.
  • Watch out for pedestrians who are walking against a red light, stepping into traffic from between parked vehicles, and crossing in locations where there is not a marked crosswalk. Even in situations where pedestrians cross the street carelessly, the driver must always yield.
  • Use caution when children are playing in or near the street. Children often move quickly and may not check for traffic.
  • Use caution in the presence of elderly pedestrians. They may not be alert to the dangers of traffic situations. They may move at a slower pace, and their reaction time may be reduced in traffic situations.
  • Do not stop to pick up hitchhikers at any time.

Pedestrians must also realize the dangers of walking in traffic and should be aware of the following safety rules and suggestions:

  • Always follow ‘Walk’ and ‘Don’t Walk’ signals.
  • If facing a yellow or red light, cross only if a ‘Walk’ signal is showing.
  • When there are sidewalks, pedestrians should not walk on or along the highway. If there are no sidewalks, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.
  • Use crosswalks. The main purpose of crosswalks is to encourage pedestrians to cross only at certain locations where crossings can be made safely. Any intersection of public roads constitutes a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or not.

When walking at dusk or at night, pedestrians should wear light colored or reflective clothing.

When you see a potential hazard ahead such as children playing in the street, a vehicle parked close to the highway, etc., reduce speed right away. Do not wait until you come upon the hazard before acting. Stop if necessary.

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