Being a pedestrian can be risky business. According to the National Traffic Safety Administration, a pedestrian is injured in a traffic related collision on average every seven minutes. Below are a few simple guidelines that may help promote an increased level of awareness for pedestrians.
Remember the law! Pedestrians should cross at marked crosswalks and obey ALL traffic control devices. Unless specifically directed by a traffic control device, pedestrians should not cross diagonally in an intersection (RCW 46.61.240). Violators are subject to a $56 fine.
Wear Bright Clothing. Remember that drivers may have difficulty seeing you - Especially in the dark.
Watch for Obstructions. Be particularly cautious when stepping out from behind parked cars, poles and buildings that may hide you from a driver’s sight.
Stop and Look Both Ways Before Crossing the Street. Never run into the street.
Walk Facing Traffic
Remember to Yield! Pedestrians have the legal right of way in all intersections, whether marked or not (RCW 46.61.261).
Remain Alert. With all of the distractions inside your car, remember to pay close attention to the pedestrians around you.
Right Turns. Look for oncoming traffic and for pedestrians before making a right turn.
LOOK! Use caution when approaching unmarked intersections.
Obey school zone traffic laws!
Make safety a habit
Pedestrians - Use sidewalks and walk facing traffic