In late January, a 79-year-old man was struck and killed in Prince George’s County, when he attempted to cross I-495 just after midnight. The driver who hit the man stopped the bus to check on the man, but unfortunately, it was too late. If you are someone who often walks places, there are several steps you can take to make yourself a safer pedestrian.
Make Yourself Visible
One of the most important things you can do as a pedestrian is to make yourself visible to drivers. Bright clothing is especially important when it is dark or when weather conditions might make it difficult for drivers to see you. You may even want to wear reflective clothing or use a flashlight to make yourself more visible.
Be an alert pedestrian. When crossing the street, make sure you can do so safely. Never assume a driver will stop for you. Even if the driver sees you, it may be difficult to stop in time if you dart right in front of the vehicle, especially if the road is icy or otherwise slick. To ensure your safety, if there is a vehicle nearby, wait for the vehicle to go by or to stop to allow you to pass. Avoid texting while you are walking. Pedestrians have been known to walk into traffic while texting or otherwise using their phones.
Use Other Precautions
Use sidewalks when they are available. When sidewalks are not available, walk as close to the curb as possible, and always walk facing traffic. Never weave between vehicles parked along the side of the road. When they are available, cross at crosswalks. When possible, cross at lights with pedestrian signals.
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