Sep 14, 2012- 11:07 AM
As such, police offer up some safety tips for consideration:
As a driver
Pedestrian and vehicle collisions can be avoided by following a few simple tips:
-Match your speed to the road conditions, even if it means driving slower than the posted speed limit.
-You can then maintain control of your vehicle and have ample time to stop.
-Constantly scan the road for potential dangers. Be especially cautious when heavy plumes of exhaust or rain impair your vision. Use additional attention at dawn and dusk and during extremely sunny conditions.
-When you do stop for pedestrians, understand that it takes time to cross streets safely. Give pedestrians the time and space they need, and don't proceed until they've completely cleared the road.
As a pedestrian
Pedestrians must take ownership over their own well- being by following basic safety rules:
-Stay on sidewalks whenever possible as they offer protection from vehicles. If you must walk on the road, travel on the shoulder of the left lane, facing oncoming traffic.
-Before crossing the street, look left, then right and then left again to see any oncoming traffic. Give drivers enough time to stop in extreme conditions and, when the road is clear, proceed as quickly as is practical to minimize your time on the road.
-If possible, always try to cross the street at an intersection. Crossing in the middle of the road, or jaywalking, is extremely dangerous because drivers don't expect to see you there.