Golden Valley Police Department Urges Pedestrian Safety

According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, pedestrian deaths in 2020 rose 21 percent from 2019. Lower your risks while walking, biking, and running by taking a few simple precautions.

Look and listen before you cross.

  • Before crossing a street, clearly show your intentions to cross and make eye contact with drivers to ensure they see you and stop.
  • Remove headphones and stay off cell phones while crossing.

Make yourself visible to drivers.

  • Mount safety flags on a wheelchairs, motorized carts, or strollers.
  • If you’re walking at night, assume drivers cannot see you. Wear bright-colored clothing and reflective material if possible.
  • Stand clear of trees, bushes, or other obstacles before crossing.

Distance yourself from vehicles when possible.

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections; don’t cross mid-block.

Pedestrian Safety Is A Shared Responsibility

Drivers have just as much responsibility on the road, if not more. Always make good decisions when driving.

  • Obey all traffic laws, especially posted speed limits in school zones.
  • Watch for pedestrians at all times, and be extra cautious when backing up.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, making eye contact to indicate that you see them.
  • Never pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.

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