Pedestrian Safety Tips

Pedestrian Safety Tips

25th Apr 2019

The National Highway Traffic Administration posted this article recently on pedestrian safety concerns. Dornbos Sign & Safety Inc. can help your community to become more walkable. 

Pedestrian Safety

At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. While pedestrian fatalities remain high, there was a 1.7-percent decrease in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2017, totaling 5,977 deaths. NHTSA raises awareness of the dangers to pedestrians by providing safety tips, educational material and other resources. Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones when walking, and learn how you can help us prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths.

1.Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

2.Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.

3.If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

4.Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

5.Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

6.If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.

7.Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

8.Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

9.Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

10.Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.


Everyone has different preferences when it comes to transportation, but at one time or another everyone is a pedestrian. Fortunately, there was a 1.7-percent decrease in the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes in 2017, totaling 5,977 deaths.


Whether you’re a concerned resident, a parent or a caregiver, you want to do everything you can to make sure you, your loved ones and your neighbors can enjoy walking safely in your community. The resources below will help you do just that. We offer pedestrians of all ages guidance on maintaining safety while enjoying the benefits of walking.