The annual “back to school” transition brings many changes – one of which is increased pedestrians – especially near schools. Join us to spread the word about our work on pedestrian safety and how to be a better driver.
One of the most common confusions about pedestrian safety has to do with where pedestrians should cross the road and who is responsible for where to park. Pedestrians must be careful, as they don’t usually wear some form of “airbag.”
Having said that, the driver of the vehicle is also responsible. For example, did you know that every public road intersection is a crosswalk? The presence or absence of drawn crosswalk lines is no excuse for not following the rules of the road. The main image shown in this article is located at the intersection of Antelope Road and Pacific Avenue in White City. Although there are no painted crosswalks, vehicles still need to let pedestrians cross the road at this intersection.
When it comes to pedestrian safety, our friends at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) have put together a great website There you can find information, videos, flyers and more. Check it out to download some additional info to share with your kids or others! The ODOT press release also includes the following information:
- plan ahead to avoid unplanned delays.
- Know and obey traffic laws.
- realize their surroundings.
- Notice weather and road conditions, and drive accordingly.
- Focus on the task at hand: walking, rolling, cycling or driving.
- drive, walk, cycle or stay awake. Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability and judgment.
- Look Serve pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists as you look for oncoming vehicles and other traffic. Take special care in parking lots, at stop signs, when reversing, or when parking.
- be extra careful When driving in hard-to-see conditions or in places where you would normally see people passing through, such as parks, schools, shopping areas and busy intersections.
- slow down And be prepared to stop when entering the crosswalk.
- give way to pedestrians Stop at and behind the crosswalk to give other vehicles a chance to see pedestrians crossing the road.
- obey the speed limitespecially around walkers, school districts and communities with children.
- Check all crosswalks Before turning, see if people are trying to cross the road and look for oncoming cars.
- Stay alert and get rid of distractions: Keep your eyes and ears open and away from distractions like texting, calling or listening to headphones.
- Carefully cross and cross at the corners: Don’t assume the coast is clear just because you’re using a crosswalk and the WALK sign is on. Continue to pay attention to traffic conditions as you cross the road – especially turning vehicles.
- Make it clear to the driver: If you want to cross, be sure to make eye contact with the driver. If you are not sure if the driver sees you, give the vehicle first.
- visible: Wear bright clothes (even white clothes may not be visible at night). Add reflective material or flashing lights to your jacket or backpack, or carry a flashlight at night. Take extra care when walking at dawn or dusk.
- Watch out for cars entering or exiting the driveway or backing up in the parking lot.
- Facing oncoming traffic and use the sidewalk when they are available. If there is no sidewalk, face the traffic and stay as far away from it as possible.
- Cross the road at a crosswalk or intersection, Where people who drive look forward to pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including turning. If there are no crosswalks or intersections, find a well-lit area where you can see the best traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic to allow enough time to cross the road safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.
Our friends in the Medford School District just started returning to school on August 29th this year. They are also posting information to help children stay safe on/off school.see this Facebook promotions and Instagram
So remember, as a pedestrian, be careful before you go out! If you’re a driver, keep an eye out for pedestrians, especially at night, and around schools, parks, and neighborhoods where more people typically walk.
Drive Safe, Walk Safe!