October is National Pedestrian Safety Month, which celebrates the right of everyone to walk or roll safely and reminds drivers of their responsibility to stay alert for pedestrians, cyclists, and other vulnerable road users.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department offers the following safe driving and walking tips:
- Do not speed and slow down at intersections. Be prepared to stop for pedestrians at marked and unmarked crosswalks.
- Avoid blocking crosswalks while waiting to make a right-hand turn.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Use signalized crosswalks where drivers expect foot traffic.
- Watch for approaching vehicles and be careful crossing the street, especially busier streets with higher speed limits. At 30 mph, a driver needs at least 90 feet to come to a stop.
- Get in the habit of wearing light colors, reflective material, and walking with a flashlight at night so it is easier for drivers to see you.
OCTA champions active transportation and offers a variety of resources for pedestrians and bicyclists. Learn more here.