RALEIGH — The
fall season in North Carolina brings cooler weather, shorter days – and a
higher risk of accidents between pedestrians and vehicles than at any other
time of year. In the month of October alone, an average of 240 people are
struck by cars across the state annually. Click here to view detailed
crash information by county.
With days growing shorter and the school year in full swing,
now is a critical time to be vigilant and do your part as a pedestrian or a
motorist to prevent accidents from happening.
Here are tips to be safe from the N.C. Department of
Transportation’s Watch for Me NC
pedestrian safety campaign.
Watch for people crossing the street near bus
stops and school buses. More than half of all pedestrian-vehicle crashes in the
Triangle occur near bus stops or on roads with bus routes.
Watch for people walking at night.
Watch for people when you are making a turn.
Pay attention in parking lots – check your
rearview mirror to make sure no one is walking behind you.
Yield to people in crosswalks.
Cross the street safely on your way to or from
the bus stop.
At night, wear light clothing and reflective
gear and carry a flashlight if possible.
Watch for drivers who are turning, even if you
have the walk signal - they may not see you.
Pay attention in parking lots – look for brake
lights to indicate a driver is backing up.
Be predictable – cross at the nearest crosswalk
To learn more about pedestrian safety, visit the Watch for Me NC campaign website.
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