Driver and Pedestrian Awareness

  • Driver Awareness
  1. Drivers must be respectful of pedestrian rights and safety needs.
  2. Drivers have a legal responsibility to yield to pedestrians and exercise care for pedestrian safety within any marked or unmarked crosswalk.
  3. Drivers need to be aware of other vehicles at crosswalks as well. It is illegal to bypass a vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian to cross the street.
     
  • Pedestrian Awareness
  1. Pedestrians need to be especially cautious whenever they enter the roadway since they are less noticeable than vehicles.
  2. Pedestrians are legally entitled to cross at either a marked or unmarked crosswalk, but should not abruptly enter the path of an oncoming vehicle that cannot safely stop. 
  3. Pedestrians may not obstruct traffic if crossing midblock.
  4. Stop at the curb and look “left, right, left” before entering the roadway
  5. Wear bright colors or reflective material at night or in the early morning
  6. Watch for turning vehicles in each lane
  7. Be conscious of approaching vehicles
  8. Cross with a group when possible
  9. Make sure vehicles are yielding before entering a traffic lane and repeat this caution for each lane crossed