By: Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer
Roseville Police Department
It seems there are more people out walking these days. Whether it is for fun, exercise, or just being outside, walking is a healthy and positive activity for everyone and a great alternative to driving. However, walking can also be dangerous. The Office of Traffic Safety and the Roseville Police Department wants everyone to know the dangers all pedestrians face so that injuries and fatalities can be reduced.
Did you know that California’s pedestrian fatality rate is almost 30 percent higher than the national average, and no state has more pedestrian deaths on its roadways than California? Most people think that car drivers are usually at fault in pedestrian crashes, but the crash reports show that pedestrian mistakes account for nearly as many collisions as drivers do. It is important to teach your children (teenagers, too) about pedestrian safety. You might think that your teenager already knows about crossing the street safely; however, teens are now the age group at the greatest risk for pedestrian injuries. Teens have a death rate twice that of younger children and account for half of all child pedestrian deaths.
Drivers and pedestrians must work together to demonstrate safe behaviors on the road, helping to protect themselves and those around them.
Safety Tips for Pedestrians:
Make yourself visible: wear bright-colored clothes and carry a flashlight if you are walking at night.
Avoid dangerous behaviors: always walk on the sidewalk (no jaywalking), and make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Do not assume the driver can see you.
Stay off your phones. Talking, and especially texting, distracts you from paying attention to your surroundings.
Look before you step. Cross streets at marked crosswalks/intersections, obey traffic signals, and watch for turning vehicles.
Look left, right, and left again before crossing a street.
Safety Tips for Drivers:
Don’t speed. Obey the speed limit, and never text while driving. Always be aware of your surroundings.
Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. Be aware that some allergy and cold medicine can cause you to be drowsy.
Look out for pedestrians, especially in hard-to-see conditions such as at night or in bad weather.
Pedestrians have the right of way at any crosswalk or intersection, so yield and be prepared to stop.
Stop at the crosswalk stop line. This gives drivers in other lanes an opportunity to see and yield to pedestrians, too.
Be cautious when backing up. Pedestrians, especially young children, can unexpectedly move across your path.
Whether you are a resident, a parent, or a caregiver, you want to do everything you can to make sure you, your loved ones, and your neighbors can enjoy walking safely in your community. So, if you are out driving or walking, make sure to give the roadway your full attention. It’s a two-way street, and drivers and pedestrians need to do their part to keep everyone safe.