According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, an estimated 2,125 pedestrians were killed in the first half of 2014. While Kansas accounts for 17 of those deaths, it's 7 deaths higher than the previous year. An earlier report provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported nearly 1,500 pedestrians were killed where there was a crosswalk, but it was not being used or utilized correctly.
School-aged children are very active and impulsive. Although they are learning and growing, they still need guidance and supervision when playing and walking near traffic. Please click to view this information from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help educate young pedestrians on the prevention of pedestrian crashes.
Here are a few safety tips to help you use crosswalks correctly. Remember, crosswalk safety starts with you!
|Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.||Always cross at marked crosswalks. You forfeit your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere.||Yield to pedestrians.|
|Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.||Obey any pedestrian signals and look leftright-left to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.||Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles and forfeit their rights as pedestrians in the case of an accident or citation.|
|Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders whose approaches to the crosswalk may be much swifter than those of pedestrians.||Obey any pedestrian signals and look leftright-left to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.||Use marked bike paths or multi-use paths when available.|
|Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.||Look before walking past stopped vehicles. Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first.||Obey vehicular traffic signals and laws on the roadways.|
|Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in before resuming travel.||Remember that bicyclists are not considered pedestrians unless they are walking their bikes. Otherwise, they are considered vehicles.||Use extra caution as you transition between bike paths, roads and sidewalks. Be aware that your actions are unpredictable to drivers and pedestrians.