Eastside Fire & Rescue offers pedestrian safety tips

May 1, 2012

By Staff

Eastside Fire & Rescue offered tips for pedestrian safety as the temperature rises, rain recedes and more people start using sidewalks and crosswalks.

  • Walk on sidewalks. If a sidewalk is unavailable, walk on the edge of the road or on the left shoulder of the road, facing the traffic flow. Use pedestrian bridges and walkways if available.
  • Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections.
  • Always stop at the curb and look left, right and left again for traffic. Stopping at the curb signals drivers you intend to cross.
  • Stay out of the driver’s blind spot. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets.
  • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing when walking near traffic at night. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.
  • Small children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walk near traffic. Children cannot accurately judge vehicle distances or accurately predict vehicle speeds or movements.
  • In bad weather, make sure your umbrella or raincoat does not prevent approaching vehicles from seeing you.
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