Walk Smart. Drive Smart.
Pedestrian safety requires three E’s: education, enforcement and engineering. Of these, education is the least expensive — and easiest to share. Walk safe. Encourage drivers to slow down. And remind people who drive that pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks.
Pedestrian Right of Way
Do you know what the Georgia Code says about pedestrians? Many people don’t.
In 1995 the Georgia legislature changed the crosswalk law. Drivers must “stop and stay stopped” for pedestrians in crosswalks, not just yield to them. Motorists must stop when pedestrians are anywhere on their side of the road or if they’re approaching and within one lane of the driver’s side of the road. Pictures are worth a thousand words.
Before turning left or right, STOP for pedestrians, even on green lights. To learn more, download our “What Drivers must Know about Pedestrians” flyer,
Please spread the word. It makes a difference.
Kill Speed, Save Lives
Much of the threat to pedestrians comes from drivers’ speed. The faster a motorist drives, the more likely he or she is to be in a crash, and the more likely injuries to a person on foot will be serious, if not fatal.
A little more speed is a lot more deadly.
Pedestrian Rights and Responsibilities
Pedestrian safety is a two-way street. Crosswalks increase safety. In most places, crossing outside a crosswalk is legal. But doing so may be unsafe.
Be conspicuous. An outstretched hand is a great way to get a driver’s attention. And if needed, blow a loud whistle.
Be alert. Be seen. Be safe.