Pedestrians--Safety tips for adults


  • 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 does not have sidewalks, walk facing 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 crosswalks and obey the signal.
  • See and Be Seen

--Drivers need to see you to avoid you.

--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.

  •  Watch your kids near traffic

--Do not let kids play near traffic or cross the street by themselves.

--Kids are small, and drivers may not see them if they run into the street.

--Children should not cross streets by themselves or be allowed to play or walk near traffic.

 --Kids are small, unpredictable, and cannot judge vehicle distances and speeds.


When kids get older, teach them three things to do before they cross the street:

  1. Try to cross at a corner with a traffic light.
  2. Stop at the curb.
  3. Look left, right, and then left again to make sure no cars are coming.


(Source: U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)

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