SCSO Reminds Public and Tourists to exercise caution and watch for pedestrians
SCSO Reminds Public and Tourists to exercise caution and watch for pedestrians June 9th, 2021 9:23 am
Busy summer months have arrived, and the amount of people in town have as well. We are reminding citizens and tourists alike to use caution at all crosswalks. Due to the influx of traffic during our high tourist season we ask that motorists AND pedestrians use caution and follow the below safety tips. In 2019 alone, a pedestrian was killed every 85 minutes in the United States.
Walking Safety Tips:
1.Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
2.Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
3.If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
4.Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
5.Whenever possible you should always cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right. Wait for vehicles to come to a complete stop before crossing.
6.Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
7.Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
8.Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
9.Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
Driving Safety Tips:
1.Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.
2.Be alert for children and animals who may unexpectedly cross without warning.
3.Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
4.Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
5.Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
6.Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.
7.Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
8.Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.
9.Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
10.Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.