Pedestrians--Safety tips for motorists

Things to remember as a driver:

  • You can encounter pedestrians anytime and anywhere - even in places where they are not supposed to be found.
  • Pedestrians can be very hard to see - especially in bad weather or at night. You must keep a lookout and slow down if you can't see clearly.
  • Stop for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk, even if it is not marked. When you stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, stop well back so that drivers in the other lanes can also see the pedestrian in time to stop.
  • Cars stopped in the street may be stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross. Do not pass if there is any doubt.
  • Don't assume that pedestrians see you or that they will act predictably. They may be physically or mentally impaired - or drunk.
  • When you are turning, you often will have to wait for a "gap" in traffic. Beware that while you are watching for that "gap", pedestrians may have moved into your intended path. Don't run someone down.
  • Be especially attentive around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active. Drive there like you would like people to drive in front of your own home.

(Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center,


Please also check out our 2014 Tips for Motorists publication.

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