This October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virgin Islands Office of Highway Safety (VIOHS) announces the first National Pedestrian Safety Month with the goal of increasing awareness about pedestrian safety and reminding drivers and walkers that staying safe is a shared responsibility.
Here are some safety tips for pedestrians:
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If one is not available, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Always keep alert; do not be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
- Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians, and they look for cars in all directions, including those turning. If neither are available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely and watch for traffic as you cross.
- Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or reversing in parking lots.
This October, and throughout the year, let’s get everyone to work together to keep us all safe on the roads