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2019-01-09 / News

Safe Driving Tips

Drivers, Pedestrians: Watch Out for Each Other
from the Michigan Secretary of State

Most traffic incidents involving pedestrians occur in the fall and winter. In Michigan since 2013, there have been more than 100 pedestrian fatalities in November alone. Keep the following tips in mind to help everyone stay safe.

When Driving:

—ALWAYS be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially at intersections and in areas of high traffic, such as city centers, near playgrounds and in school zones.

—Remember that pedestrians are the most vulnerable road users and are much more likely to suffer serious injury or death in a crash than someone in a vehicle.

—Pedestrians, along with bicyclists, motorcyclists and moped riders, can be more difficult to see because of their size. Give them extra room, especially when visibility is limited, such as at night or in bad weather.

—Never attempt to pass a vehicle that has stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross.

—If you see a pedestrian with a white cane or guide dog, avoid honking the horn or revving the engine. These noises are distracting and cover important audible cues used by the blind. Also avoid blocking designated crosswalks. This makes it especially difficult for a visually impaired or blind person to cross the street.

When Walking:

—Use crosswalks or paths whenever possible. Look both ways twice and make eye contact with drivers.— Avoid distracted walking. Don’t let your devices prevent you from paying attention to your surroundings.

—Wear clothing that makes it easier to be seen. Bright colors are best during the day, while reflective clothing should be worn at night.

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