Crosswalk safety is important for pedestrians of all ages, especially those with disabilities. Thankfully, good judgment and tools like detectable warning systems protect pedestrians with disabilities from many accidents. Use these simple roadway tips to keep yourself or a loved one safe from the dangers of oncoming traffic.
Stay Focused: Take your time at every crosswalk—in a matter of seconds, a rushed crossing attempt can put you at risk for serious injury. Make sure to look both ways for oncoming traffic while crossing and wait until the street lights give you the right-of-way. Reckless use of a crosswalk can put you directly in front of speeding vehicles, so the task always deserves 100% of your attention.
Avoid Risks: Don’t attempt last-minute yellow light crossings or cross into the street early. This type of behavior will only put your safety in jeopardy. Instead, work to avoid busy streets and hasty crossing decisions. If you find that you are always rushed, make an effort to leave home early so that you can safely and calmly travel to your destination. Consider planning your entire route before you even step out the door.
Heed Warning Systems: Remember that public resources are available to make crosswalks safer. Automated traffic stops, for example, use visible signals and countdowns to alert pedestrians of the right time to cross. Pedestrians with disabilities can rely on truncated domes and audible warnings to cross a street safely.
- Be Informed: Knowledge of the most accessible routes and daily traffic conditions can help all pedestrians use crosswalks safely. Use online resources to identify the most accessibility-friendly intersections in town. You may also brush up on local regulations when it comes to pedestrian right-of-way and jaywalking. This information will help you avoid incident.
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