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Shorter days, more night driving and winter weather all provide potential hazards for pedestrians. Please follow the tips below to keep everyone safe:
Remain alert! Don't assume that cars are going to stop.
Whenever possible, pedestrians should cross the street at a designated crosswalk. It is much safer to walk on a sidewalk, but if pedestrians must walk in the street, they should walk facing traffic
Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections, where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street.
Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets.
In bad weather, take care that your umbrella or raincoat does not prevent approaching vehicles from seeing you.
Small children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walk near traffic. Kids cannot accurately judge vehicle distances and speeds and may make unpredictable movements.
Dusk and dawn are the most dangerous times of the day for pedestrians.
At night, cross where the lights are bright and visibility is good.
Drivers cannot avoid what they can't see. When walking at night, wear retro-reflective outdoor clothing or shoes or lights to make yourself more visible. Avoid wearing dark clothing.
Pedestrians should increase their visibility at night by carrying a flashlight when walking.
Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely, just like they do a person's ability to drive.
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