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Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Recognize and obey all traffic signals and markings. For example, a flashing "walk" sign is not an automatic "go" signal. It means a pedestrian has permission to cross. But must first stop and look both ways for motor vehicles.
  • Never enter the street from between parked cars or from behind bushes or shrubs. Darting into the street accounts for the majority of child pedestrian fatalities.
  • Look in all directions before crossing the street; look left, look right, then look left again.
  • Cross the street at a corner or crosswalk and walk, not run, across intersections.
  • Wear bright clothing

Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Wear a bicycle helmet at all times when bicycling.
  • Follow the rules of the road, which include riding on the right side of the road, with traffic, not against it
  • Use appropriate hand signals
  • Stop at all intersections, marked and unmarked; and stopping and looking left, right and left again before entering or crossing the street.
  • Wear retro-reflective clothing

Motorist Safety Tips:

  • Slow down and be extra alert in school zones and neighborhoods, especially before and after school hours
  • Obey all traffic laws and speed limits
  • Yield to people in crosswalks
  • Always watch first for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning, backing up, and when driving at night

For more bicycle and pedestrian safety info, check out the Watch for Me, NC campaign:



Paul Kallam

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