As school is back in session and daylight hours are shrinking, the needs for safety related to pedestrians increases. More people and less visibility are a dangerous combination.
One of the most common confusions regarding pedestrian safety is related to where pedestrians should cross the road and who is responsible to stop where. Pedestrians will definitely want to be cautious because they usually are not wearing some form of 'air bag'.
That being said, drivers of vehicles have responsibilities as well. For example, did you know every intersection of public roadways is a crosswalk? Whether the painted crosswalk lines exist or not is no excuse to not follow the rules of the road. The main image shown for this article is at the intersection of Antelope Road and Pacific Avenue in White City. Although no painted crosswalk is there, vehicles still need to yield to pedestrians crossing the roadway at this intersection.
While we are on the topic of pedestrian safety, our friends at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) have put together a great website where you can find information, videos, flyers and more. Check it out to download some additional information to share with your children and others!
So remember, as a pedestrian, LOOK out BEFORE you step out! And if you are the driver, keep on the lookout for pedstrians especially at night, and around schools, parks and neighborhoods where there usually are more people walking.
Drive safely and walk safely!