“Everyone is a Pedestrian”

Whenever you are not in your vehicle, you are a pedestrian. And unfortunately, it’s not always safer. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 4,400 pedestrians died in 2011.

The NHTSA has created a website with tips for pedestrians, whether you are an adult, a senior citizen, or a child.

The tips seem like common sense but every day I see people putting themselves in peril as they cross the street. Yesterday I observed a very close call when a couple pushing a baby stroller against the crosswalk signal almost got hit.

Check out the website, teach your children, and set a good example.

Here are some tips that I see disregarded on a daily basis:

1. When driving, never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
2. When walking, keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
3. When walking, never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach you to make sure you are seen.
4. When driving, be extra cautious when backing up – pedestrians can move into your path.

Jan

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