The Manheim Township Police Department often fields complaints regarding pedestrians who don’t follow the rules of the road or are unsafe while walking, especially at night. We have compiled the following safety tips, courtesy of NHTSA, to help pedestrians be as safe as possible when walking on or along roadways. These apply when walking your dog as well!
- Be predictable - Follow the rules of the road and obey posted signs and signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic, and as far from traffic as possible.
- Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.
- Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections – this is where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- 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.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials and use a flashlight or other lighted signal at night.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.
- Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, email@example.com
Sourced via CRIMEWATCH®: https://lancaster.crimewatchpa.com/manheimtwppd/53783/post/hey-mtpd-do-you-have-any-pedestrian-safety-tips-look-below
Manheim Township Police Department