How to Walk Responsibly on or Near Streets
Younger children should always be accompanied by a trusted guardian.
Walk against the flow of traffic on sidewalks or as far left as possible.
Wear reflective or visible clothing.
Pay great attention to surroundings, including parked cars, bicyclists and other pedestrians.
Be alert to stationary cars that could suddenly start moving.
Do not use electronic devices or anything else that can be distracting.
Common Causes of pedestrian accidents
- Inattentive drivers
- Inexperienced or new drivers
- Improper pedestrian crossing procedures
- Improper left turns
- Distracted pedestrians
When Is It Safe to Cross the Street?
The catchphrase for safe road crossing is Stop, Look and Listen.
STOP at the edge of the road.
LOOK both ways to make sure a car isn’t coming. Look left, right and left again.
LISTEN for the sound of oncoming vehicles, even if you can’t see them yet.
- Safest place to cross the street is through a crosswalk with a pedestrian crossing signal
- If there is no pedestrian crossing light, obey the car’s traffic light.
- Never enter the crosswalk on a yellow light.
- If there is no crosswalk, it is safest to cross mid-block if you are confident there is no oncoming traffic.
- Follow the instructions of crossing guards in school zones.