NCDOT Shares Tips on How to Keep Roads Safe Whether Driving, Biking or Walking Monday, September 23, 2013

RALEIGH In light of a number of recent accidents involving motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians in the Triangle region, the N.C. Department of Transportation again wants to remind everyone of the importance of safety on the roads for drivers, walkers and cyclists. NCDOT is continuing to share tips as part of its Watch for Me NC campaign to remind everyone of what they can do to help keep roads safe.

 

With kids returning to school and days growing shorter, fall is the season when most crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists occur. Here are some key safety tips to follow whether you are on foot, on two wheels or behind the wheel.

 

For more safety tips, and to learn more about the Watch for Me NC campaign, visit the campaign website.

 

Pedestrians:

  • Look for cars in all directions—including those turning left or right—before crossing the street; never assume a driver will stop.
  • Enhance your visibility at night by walking in well-lit areas, carrying a flashlight, or wearing something reflective to be more visible.
  • Avoid distraction. More and more we see people texting or talking on cell phones when crossing streets; this diminishes the ability of your two key senses—hearing and seeing—that are used to detect and avoid cars. So particularly when crossing streets, put down the phone for a few seconds.
  • Obey all pedestrian traffic signals.

Bicyclists:

  • Wear a helmet.
  • Use a light and reflectors when bicycling at night, and be as visible as possible.
  • Ride in the direction of traffic.
  • Obey all signs and signals. This includes stopping at stop signs and red lights.
  • Avoid distractions such as listening to headphones or answering phones when riding.

Motorists:

  • Safety is a shared responsibility—motorists need to be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists, drive at slower speeds, avoid distraction, and know the laws regarding when pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  • Yield to people in crosswalks – it’s the law.
  • Before making a turn, be sure the path is clear of any pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • Keep an eye out for pedestrians at night that may be walking near or across the road.
  • Be prepared for bicyclists to use the entire lane – they are entitled to it if they need it.
  • Give bicyclists a wide berth when passing, and only pass when it is safe to do so.

 

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