Time Change, Warmer Weather Brings Spate of Pedestrian CollisionsMontgomery County averages more than 400 pedestrian collisions a year. Each one is tragic, and this fact has once again been highlighted by a number of collisions so far this year, some of which resulted in pedestrian fatalities. With the time change to Daylight Savings Time this month, early morning pedestrians are traveling before the sun comes up. County officials urge pedestrians and drivers to be especially aware of each other, particularly during darkness and in bad weather when visibility is limited.
Drivers are urged to obey the law, watch out for pedestrians and:
- Be aware of pedestrians and be prepared to stop.
- Don’t drive aggressively.
- Don’t drive distractedly – put away electronic devices while driving.
- Slow down and obey the posted speed limits.
- Be patient, especially when young children, seniors or persons with disabilities are present.
- Remain vigilant when crossing the street, because it’s a “danger zone.”
- Cross the street at signals, marked crosswalks and intersections.
- Don’t step off the curb without looking left, right and then left again.
- Be alert for drivers who aren’t paying attention.
- Don’t count on drivers to see you or react in time.
- Get off the cell phone so you’re not distracted.
- Don’t talk to friends while crossing – stay focused on crossing safely.
- When crossing, pay attention and keep looking around for cars.
- Stay visible after dark and in bad weather.
- Use pedestrian pushbuttons – they give more walk time to pedestrians.