The region's Street Smart safety campaign is offering tips for staying safe this fall and winter. Every year, crashes involving pedestrians spike during October, November and December. One of the major reasons for the increased risk is fewer hours of daylight. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur in darkness. That’s why everyone is reminded – drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists – to be more alert and obey traffic safety laws.
What should you do to stay safe?
What should drivers do to keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe?
What should people be aware of when they are walking from place to place?
- Cross the street at crosswalks and wait for the “walk” signal.
- Watch for turning cars at intersections.
- Make eye contact with drivers before you cross in front of them.
- Wear something bright or reflective when it’s dark outside.
What about bicyclists?
Safety tips, campaign details and more information about the Street Smart program are available online at BeStreetSmart.net.