When it comes to pedestrian safety, both drivers and pedestrians are responsible for following the rules of the road.
Pedestrians should only cross streets at corners or crosswalks, and never mid-block or between parked vehicles. Also, pedestrians should pay attention to the walk signal when crossing at an intersection that has traffic lights, never crossing when the red hand is lit. When attempting to cross a street, pedestrians should look left, right, and left again to make sure no vehicles are approaching, while continuing to check for vehicles while crossing.
Drivers need to realize that it is possible to come across a pedestrian at any time and any place, including places where there is no crosswalk. With the snowy weather, it can be more difficult for drivers to see pedestrians, so it is important for drivers to slow down if they are unable to see clearly.
For drivers, when approaching a crosswalk or intersection, it is important to be aware of any pedestrians. While the light may be green, signaling that there is no need to look for vehicles when turning right, there may be pedestrians who have also been signaled that it is safe to cross the street.
If there is a pedestrian on the same half of the street that a driver is driving on, then
the driver should stop to allow the pedestrian to finish crossing. Also, if there is a vehicle that is stopped and waiting for a pedestrian to cross the street, drivers should not attempt to pass the vehicle.
By following these rules, pedestrians will be safer when crossing streets to get to classes, apartments, and other places. It is important to remember that many students attending Snow College do not have vehicles, so there are many pedestrians to watch for.