Quick and Simple Guide to Pedestrian Safety

Walking in San Diego can be a dangerous business, and pedestrians should always strive to take certain precautions to ensure their safety while they are out on the sidewalks and streets. Statistics show that each year, around 5,000 pedestrians across the country die from auto related injuries. Another 85,000 of them receive injuries. Having a few safety tips in mind can help those who are out and walking to remain a bit safer whether they are crossing the street or simply walking through a parking lot.


First, it’s a good idea to be as visible as possible to drivers. When you are walking, wear light and bright colored clothing. If you are walking at night, carry a flashlight. Whenever you have to cross the street, always look both ways, and never walk slowly across the street. Even when you have pedestrian signals and lights, double check to make sure the traffic is obeying the laws before you cross. Always move with a purpose so you can get to the other side, and relative safety, more quickly.


Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, then you should walk facing traffic. Just as you should not drink and drive, you should not drink and walk either. It impairs your balance, your senses, and your judgment, all of which will increase your chances of being hit.


Finally, and this is important, you should always assume that drivers do not see you. Never walk or cross the street under the assumption that they’ve seen you. Wait for acknowledgement, or until the area becomes clear of traffic. Many times, drivers who should be paying attention simply aren’t, and you do not want to take that chance.


By keeping these safety tips in mind when you are walking, it should help to reduce the possibility of a bad accident involving you and a vehicle.


Resource: http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/local_rural/pedcampaign/guide.htm#1