Monday, 29 September 2014 - 10:55 | Views - 2,633
Pedestrians should use crosswalks to get from one side of the road to the next, but before stepping foot off the curb, they should look both ways and make sure no traffic is approaching. Some intersections have electronic crossing signs that light up when it is supposedly safe to go. However, there may still be a rogue driver who comes barreling down the road. Safety comes before knowing who is in the right.
When you are driving, and you approach a crosswalk on a busy road, be aware of pedestrians who may be waiting or already crossing. You may continue driving if you have a green light, unless the pedestrian decides to cross. Be ready to stop if necessary. Even if you are in the right, you don’t want to be responsible for the pedestrian’s injuries – or worse, death.
Drivers should take extra precautions while driving through parking lots. If you see a pedestrian at a crosswalk in front of a store, mall, or office, stop and wait until he or she is completely across the road before continuing.
If you stop for a light or stop sign at an intersection with a crosswalk, come to a complete stop before you reach the crosswalk. Don’t stop your car on the crosswalk because this creates a dangerous situation for the pedestrian who has to maneuver around you.