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Posted on: March 3, 2021

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Pedestrian Safety

Already in 2021, there have been 77 crashes involving pedestrians and 14 fatalities with another 27 serious injuries.

As we partner with our Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, we wish to remind both pedestrian and driver to "Look Out For Each Other"

Not just in Rocky Mount and other larger populated areas, but look out for pedestrians everywhere in Franklin County.

To stay safe on the roads, pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists need to respect each other. 

Drivers should look out for pedestrians by avoiding distractions and drive in relation to conditions as well as adhering to speed limits. 

Pedestrians should:

• Plan a route with safe crossings
• Avoid distractions, alcohol and drugs, and be alert
• Dress to be seen, wear reflective clothing, but never assume drivers see you
• Carry a blinking light or flashlight at night
• Walk on sidewalks and if there’s no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible
 • Watch for cars backing up, especially in parking lots and driveways

When walking, pedestrians should be predictable, follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals. They should cross at crosswalks or intersections – where drivers expect pedestrians.

While crossing, pedestrians must look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right, and make eye contact with turning drivers before proceeding when possible.

If there is no crosswalk or intersection, pedestrians should: 

• Go to a well-lit area with the best view of traffic
• Wait until there is enough time to cross safely
• Continue to watch for traffic while crossing.

Parents and caregivers must remind children and older adults to be safe as pedestrians. 

Whether it be in a parking lot, crosswalk, or on a road, everyone is a pedestrian. 

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