Safety Tips for Pedestrians
Pedestrians are at the greatest risk when using the roadway. More than 4,400 pedestrians were killed in roadway collisions in 2011. The National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration works with the Federal Highway Administration and the Department of Transportation to increase awareness and promote safe driving and walking habits that can keep us all safer.
All of us are pedestrians at least some of the time. Some of us are pedestrians most of the time. Those who are very young or older are at the greatest risk of suffering a pedestrian accident. Children are at an increased risk of being hurt or killed in a pedestrian accident between noon and 8 p.m. Boys are at the highest risk. Knowing how to walk safely can significantly reduce your risk and help you teach your children how to be safer while on the road.
1. Green light safety
A green light does not necessarily mean that it is safe to cross. Before crossing, look left, right and left again, and only cross when it is safe to go. Be particularly watchful for cars that are making right turns on red.
2. Crossing the road
Crosswalks are designated safe places for pedestrians to cross. If there are no crosswalks, cross at a marked intersection and only when it is safe to do so. Avoid crossing highways or high-traffic roads whenever possible.
Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far from vehicles as you can.