Tip of the Week – March 20, 2017 - Steps Pedestrians Can Take to Stay Safe While Walking or Jogging

With Daylight Saving Time, we now have more light at the end of our day.  You may have noticed; some people are using the early evening hours for a stroll or run.  While drivers should always be on the lookout for pedestrians, there are some tips pedestrians can put to use, to stay safe.

  • Be predictable, don’t suddenly dart off the sidewalk or across the street.
  • Use designated crosswalks, or cross at an intersection.
  • Obey “walk” and “don’t walk” signs.
  • Pay attention, don’t text message and walk at the same time.
  • Make eye contact with drivers as they approach, don’t assume a driver sees you.
  • Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night.
  • Use your eyes and ears - look in all directions before crossing a street.

“This is common-sense stuff, but sometimes pedestrians take for granted, or are under the impression, that they always have the right of way, and that’s not playing it safe,” said CSLEA Foundation Chairman Kenny Ehrman.  “Also, keep a close eye on your children if they are walking or biking ahead of you.  Keep your dogs on a leash and close by.”