Focus on Pedestrian Safety
In the past two years, over 85 pedestrian-vehicle crashes were reported in Scottsdale, most of which resulted in serious injury to the pedestrian. Nationally, over 50% of pedestrians injured in collisions with a car were adults.
There are many ways to avoid being one of these statistics. Walking has many benefits, and it’s always good to follow a few simple rules when you’re out and about on the city streets.
- Always Walk on the Sidewalk – if there isn’t a sidewalk, walk facing traffic
- Pay Attention – use your judgment
- Stand Clear of buses, hedges, parked cars and other obstacles before stepping into traffic
- Don’t Assume vehicles will stop for you just because you’re in a crosswalk
- Make eye contact with drivers
- Proceed after they show signs of slowing or stopping for you
- Cross at marked crosswalks – or at intersections if possible. The further away from an intersection you cross, the more dangerous it is for you
- Look Before You Cross the Street – don’t rely solely on pedestrian signals
- Watch for Turning Vehicles – make sure the driver sees you and is stopping
- Look “left-right-behind you and left again” –before crossing a street
- When Crossing Several Lanes of Traffic – look across all the lanes you are crossing and make sure each lane is clear before proceeding
- Avoid Talking on a Cell Phone or using headphones when you walk – it’s safer to be able to hear what’s going on around you
- At night wear light colored clothing or clothing with reflective material – make sure you are visible to drivers
Focus on Safety…your life depends on it!