- Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or entering a crosswalk where pedestrians are likely to be.
- Stop at the crosswalk stop line to give drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yeld to the pedestrians, too.
- Be cautious when backing up – pedestrians, especially young children, can move across your path. See www.safercar.gov/parents/backover.htm
- Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road, cross at crosswalks or intersections, and obey signs and signals.
- Walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible if there is no sidewalk.
- Pay attention to the traffic moving around you. This is not the time to be texting or talking on a cell phone.
- Make eye contact with drivers as they approach. Never assume a driver sees you.
- Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials (or use a flashlight) at night.
- Look left-right-left before crossing a street.
Parents and youth groups can
- Visit NHTSA's Parents Central for information for young children. See www.safercar.gov/parents/ walking.htm.
- Teach young children right-of-way rules and safe pedestrian behaviors.
- Conduct a walkability checklist of your favorite walking routes in your neighborhood. See www.nhtsa. gov/Driving+Safety/Pedestrians/ Walkability+Checklist.
States and communities can
- Join NHTSA in combating pedestrian deaths by learning what you can do. Visit www.nhtsa.gov/EveryoneIsAPedestrian
- Work with youth groups, schools, traffic safety agencies, law enforcement agencies, and public health agencies to explain your pedestrian law for both proper yielding behavior of drivers and crossing behavior of pedestrians.
- Map the pedestrian trouble spots in your community. Our Zone Guide for Pedestrian Safety publication shows you how, at Download PDF
- Conduct high-visibility enforcement campaigns to improve drivers yielding to pedestrians.
- Visit www.safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ped_ bike/ and www.saferoutesinfo.org/ for comprehensive information about improving pedestrian environments.
Phoenix, Arizona Pedestrian Crossing
Phoenix moved the crosswalk from a nearby intersection to the middle of the block to provide more direct access to the community center.
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