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Deadly Pedestrian Myths

Deadly Pedestrian Myths

Deadly Pedestrian Myths


Pedestrians always have the right of way.

FALSE: Only under certain limited conditions does a pedestrian have the right of way.

Pedestrians are safe in the crosswalk

FALSE: You may be legally safe, but physically in danger.”

How to Safely Cross the Street

  • Crosswalks and walk signs don’t guarantee that you can step off the curb safely. That walk sign is just an invitation to begin thinking about crossing the street.
  • Even when you have that walk sign, let your senses protect you. Don’t talk on your cell phone, and stop any other conversations.
  • Don’t step off the curb until you are sure the intersection has cleared and all cars have come to a complete stop.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to confirm that they see you.
  • Check if any vehicle is going to make a right turn on red.
  • And then, once you are in the crosswalk, get to the other side of the intersection as fast as possible

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