Children are at increased risk for pedestrian injuries. To learn why and to see pedestrian safety tips for parents and children, check out the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections- it's the law.
- Don't block crosswalks when stopping at intersections.
- Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
- Take extra care around schools, playgrounds, and neighborhoods. Pedestrians are hit every 7 minutes each day.
- Always look out for pedestrians, especially before turning at a green light or making a "right turn on red."
- Obey speed limits, signs, signals and markings--and never run red lights.
- Be careful when passing stopped vehicles. They might be stopping for pedestrians.
- Allow 3 feet when passing bicyclists.
- Share the road. It's your responsibility to look out for others.
- Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections whenever possible.
- Stop and look every time before crossing streets, even when you have the right-of-way, and especially at intersections with "right turn on red."
- Before crossing, look left, right, then left again, and over your shoulder for turning vehicles.
- Begin crossing the street on "Walk" signals-never on a solid or flashing "Don't Walk."
- Use pedestrian pushbuttons to activate/extend the walk signal.
- Use sidewalks. If none, walk facing traffic so you see vehicles, and drivers see you.
- Make eye contact with drivers so they see you. Never assume they do.
- Stay visible after dark and in bad weather with reflectors or retroreflective clothing.