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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Bad Driving
 
 
  • In 2012 in Clark County, 172 children under 18 were struck by vehicles, most often crossing the street without looking for cars.  

 

  • Two children were killed in 2012 when they were hit by cars.  

 

  • There were 42 pedestrian fatalities in Clark County in 2012.  

 

  • As of August 1st, 2013, there have been 29 pedestrians killed in Clark County.
 

Give pedestrians a brake – Please slow down and be especially aware around our schools, playgrounds and intersections.

Don’t be distracted – Drivers wait until your car is in park to text or talk. And pedestrians, take your headphones off and don’t text or talk while walking or crossing the street.

Follow the rules of the road – Drivers, pay attention to traffic signals and signs, and don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Pedestrians, stay on the sidewalk, cross at intersections. If a car is coming, wait for it stop and try to make eye contact with the driver before crossing in front of them. Do not assume the driver can see you. And remember what your mother told you: Always look both ways when crossing the street.

 
  • Always walk on the sidewalk or pathway.
  • Cross at intersections or marked mid-block crosswalks because this is where you have the right of way while crossing and where drivers expect to see you.
  • Always look both ways before and while you are crossing the street and watch for left and right turning vehicles.
  • Try to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Do not assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.
  • Plan a safe walking route that uses sidewalks, and crosses as few streets as possible.
  • Never run out into a street for a ball, a pet or any other reason.
  • Never cross or enter the street from between two parked vehicles.
  • Keep looking as you cross the street, never think because one driver stopped for you any other driver will.
  • Put all your belongings in a backpack or bag so you are not tempted to “dart” out to grab something that has gotten away from you.
  • Wear bright or white clothing (at night) to help drivers see you, and if dressed in dark clothing, assume that drivers cannot see you.
 
  • Drive the posted speed limit.
  • Watch for school frontage and school crossing zones.
  • Don’t drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Don’t text or talk on a cell phone while driving.
  • Be especially careful around schools, playgrounds, community centers and pools, and at intersections.
  • Anywhere two streets intersect, a crossway exists. There does not have to be a marked crosswalk.
  • Always yield to pedestrians who are crossing streets. They have the right of way when crossing.