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Everyone Plays a Part in Keeping Pedestrians Safe

October is Pedestrian Safety Month. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, some people are able to walk more due to alternative work and remote school schedules. It’s a great time to keep in mind these safety tips from the California Office of Traffic Safety:

Safety tips for pedestrians:

  • Make yourself visible: wear bright-colored clothes and carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Avoid dangerous behaviors: always walk on the sidewalk (no jaywalking), stay sober and make eye contact with drivers – don’t assume the driver can see you.
  • Stay off your phone. Talking and texting distracts you from paying attention to your surroundings.
  • Look before you step: cross streets at marked crosswalks/intersections, obey traffic signals and watch for turning vehicles.
  • Look left-right-left before crossing a street.

Safety tips for drivers:

  • Don’t speed, follow the speed limit and never use your phone; always be cautious of your surroundings.
  • Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions.
  • Pedestrians have the right of way at any crosswalk or intersection, so yield and be prepared to stop.
  • Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to pedestrians, too.
  • Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path.

For more information about pedestrian safety, visit here

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