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are approximately 10,000 individuals who met—and lost—in the uneven match of
people versus machine every year.
you avoid that child who darts in front of your vehicle chasing a ball or trying
to save a puppy. Or how about the jaywalkers, the day‑dreamers and the
invisible bike riders—how do you avoid these possible victims of a horrible
pedestrian safety should be a two‑way responsibility between driver and
pedestrian, the driver is usually responsible for any consequences. Therefore,
we as drivers must look at pedestrians as caution signs.
are some definite precautions that must be taken to reduce the pedestrian
accidents. Many of these are required by law.
example, at an intersection with no traffic controls, we are required by law to
yield the right‑of‑way to any pedestrian in a crosswalk
when the pedestrian is on the side of the roadway in which we are
traveling. Legislation further states that a crosswalk does not have to be
painted or marked to be a crosswalk. The crosswalk is defined as the
continuation of the sidewalk across the roadway to the sidewalk on the other
also states that a driver must be extremely careful to avoid striking a
pedestrian on the street regardless of the right‑of‑way. Remember,
we as drivers must avoid striking pedestrians. We must slow down in residential
areas, school zones, shopping areas and parking lots. We must constantly be on
the alert for these human caution signs.
traveling, let's look out for situations that require extra caution. In heavily
congested areas, we must reduce our speed to give us that added second needed to
avoid striking pedestrians if they dart from behind another vehicle.
shopping areas, there's the person who parks on the street and opens his or her
door into traffic. That open door is a warning light; many times it means that
someone is ready to step out in front of you. Slow down and be alert for this
other side of the fence, many drivers can give excellent instructions to their
families and friends. Think about those situations when you just missed a
pedestrian accident, and then turn it into a lesson, instructing others not to
put themselves in this particular situation. And remember to practice what you
preach—we should be model pedestrians.
all tell our families that they should cross only in designated areas or, if
this is not possible, to yield to motor vehicles. Or when walking along a road
at night, remind them that they should wear reflective clothing and walk along
the left shoulder of the road. And when riding bicycles, they should have
reflective flags or other devices on them so they can be easily recognized.
the day, we are constantly faced with these annoyances. You know how you feel
when someone runs across your path. Let's not perform in the same manner. Let's
obey the rules of the road—and of the sidewalk.
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