THE FACTS ABOUT PEDESTRIAN SAFETY


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of our friends and family members died in pedestrian crashes last year. And state and local law enforcement agencies say this year is on track for even more. The numbers keep going up.


PEDESTRIAN FATALITIES IN NEVADA

How many people died in pedestrian crashes the last four years: 2009: 36. 2010: 40. 2011: 43. 2012: 58.

The tragedy of our pedestrian safety problem is that these incidents are preventable. We’re in this together, so look out for each other and get on the road to Zero Fatalities.


What you can do

Now more than ever, we need to work together to reverse the trend of pedestrian tragedies.
To share the streets responsibly, please remember these guidelines and tips:

Look for pedestrians, expect to see them at corners and marked mid-block crossings, and stop for them when they cross the street.

When you’re crossing a street, make eye contact with drivers. Make sure they know you’re there.

Pay attention to where you’re going—distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving.

Look left, right, and left again when crossing. Keep looking as you cross.

Don’t pass a car stopped for pedestrians—it’s against the law.

Slow down! Stop on red, and look right before turning on green.

Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone.

Obey signs and signals.

Be noticed. Wear bright clothing or reflective materials at night.

Be alert and make eye contact with pedestrians.


CROSSWALK KNOW-HOW

Even if there are no pavement markings, crosswalks still exist at any intersection. The majority of pedestrian fatalities and injuries occur between intersections (mid-block on the roadway), so be safer and cross only at intersections and marked mid-block crosswalks. And don’t cross an intersection diagonally unless it’s specifically designed for this purpose. Not only is diagonal crossing dangerous, it’s also illegal. Pedestrians, though you may think you own the crosswalk, look for cars first. Never assume right-of-way means you are safe. You must take extra care to make sure drivers see you and stop for you before you start to cross, and continue to look, even while crossing.

Between 2008 and 2012, 234 pedestrians lost their lives and 784 were seriously injured on Nevada roadways.

Know the Law

Crosswalks exist at any intersection, whether there are pavement markings or not.

Must exercise due care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian at all times.

Must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

Must stop or slow down before passing another vehicle stopped in a travel lane until the driver has determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian.

Must, in the presence of a school crossing guard, wait for all persons including the guard to completely clear the road before proceeding.

Must yield at all times to a blind person using a white cane or service animal.

Crosswalks exist at any intersection, whether there are pavement markings or not.

Must use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk, pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible.

Must obey official traffic-control devices.

Must stay in the right-hand half of the crosswalk whenever practical.

Must walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if no sidewalk is available.

May not cross an intersection diagonally unless the intersection is specifically designed for this.

Must not suddenly walk into the path of a vehicle so that it is impossible for the vehicle to yield.



Understanding Signals

STEADY HAND means do not enter the intersection.

FLASHING HAND means do not enter but those in the crosswalk may finish.

WALKING PERSON means you may enter if it is safe. Look left, right, and left again.


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