Tips for Drivers
- Be alert especially in residential areas and school zones. However, you can encounter pedestrians anytime and anywhere – even in places they should not be found.
- Keep a look out and slow down if you can’t see clearly. Pedestrians can be very hard to see, especially in bad weather or at night.
- Stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk. Stop well behind the crosswalk so cars in other lanes have time to see the pedestrian and also stop.
- Stop for pedestrians already crossing the street, even if there is no crosswalk.
Although pedestrians must yield to traffic if they’re not in a crosswalk, sometimes they do not – if they’re in the midst of crossing, stop for them. Drivers must make every possible effort to avoid hitting a pedestrian.
- Do not automatically pass cars stopped in the middle of the street.
If a car is stopped in the middle of the street, it could be to let a pedestrian cross. Make sure there are no pedestrians before you pass.
- Don’t assume pedestrians see you or that they will act predictably. They could be physically or mentally impaired – or even drunk.
- When making a turn wait to see if a pedestrian has crossed into your path. Many times drivers must wait for a gap in traffic in order to turn, make sure no pedestrians have wandered into your path before turning.
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