National Walking Day is April 5. In 2022, the Nevada Departments of Public Safety and Transportation’s Zero Fatalities program reported a total of 89 pedestrian related deaths in Nevada. The RTC wants to remind you of some helpful tips to keep in mind next time you head out the door.
At some point in our lives we are all pedestrians. Whether you’re walking to school, to work or simply to your mailbox, follow the tips below from the Nevada Department of Public Safety to make sure you reach your destination safely:
- BE ALERT AND AWARE
Distracted walking can be just as dangerous as distracted driving. All road and sidewalk users should pay attention to their surroundings at all times.
- OBEY THE LAWS
Drivers and pedestrians should obey all traffic control devices, including crosswalks and crosswalk signals. Drivers are required to yield to pedestrians at intersections
- SEE AND BE SEEN
Pedestrians should wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking at night. Drivers and pedestrians should make eye contact with each other when navigating intersections.
- LOOK OUT FOR CHILDREN
Children can be impulsive. Stay vigilant around neighborhoods and schools and slow down. Teach your children safe road habits like looking both ways and to always use a crosswalk.
- FOLLOW THE SPEED LIMIT
Speed limits and school zones exist to keep all road users safer. Slow down around pedestrians and when driving through neighborhoods and parking lots.
- KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY
Learn where the crosswalks, school zones, and unsafe areas are in your community. Plan your route accordingly and enjoy a safer, more convenient walk or commute.
For more information on how you can help increase safety for all road users visit https://zerofatalitiesnv.com/.