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2013 Edition, March Issue

Walking in Traffic
by Sgt. Ed Jones

     It is May and the arrival of spring. As the weather improves more and more people will be inclined to go outside and enjoy the weather. There is nothing better than taking a good walk or jog. With this in mind, take a look at the following information and protect yourself and your family by doing these things:

Walk on the sidewalk - Stay on the sidewalk and crosswalks. Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks. If you have to walk on a road that has traffic, walk facing the traffic.

Cross at Intersections - Most people are hit by cars when they cross the road at places other than intersections.

Look left, right, and left for traffic - Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again for traffic. Stopping at the curb signals drivers that you intend to cross. Cross in marked sidewalks and obey the signal.  

See and Be Seen - Drivers need to see you to avoid you. Make sure to stay out of the driver's blind spot. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing busy streets. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing if you are walking near traffic at night. Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.

*This information can be found at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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