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Tips for pedestrians to cross the road safely

Pedestrians cross the street at College and Fourth streets in Charlotte. Pedestrian deaths by autos soared last year, and grew at the highest rate in 40 years, a new study found.
Pedestrians cross the street at College and Fourth streets in Charlotte. Pedestrian deaths by autos soared last year, and grew at the highest rate in 40 years, a new study found. mmathis@charlotteobserver.com

With pedestrian deaths by vehicle climbing at a record rate, authorities offered safety tips for both drivers and walkers.

For drivers:

▪ Don’t assume the pedestrian won’t step off the curb in front of you.

▪ Slow down and cover the break when approaching an intersection.

▪ Scan the intersection looking for pedestrians, especially in high-volume pedestrian areas like bus stops and apartment complexes.

▪ Yield to people in crosswalks.

▪ Always look for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning, backing up and when driving at night.

For pedestrians:

▪ Make eye contact with drivers who are getting ready to turn before you cross the street.

▪ Don’t assume the driver actually sees you.

▪ Cross in the crosswalks.

▪ If getting off a bus, take the time to walk to the nearest crosswalk

▪ Always walk on the sidewalk or if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic as far from the road as possible.

Source: CMPD, NC DOT

Adam Bell: 704-358-5696, @abell

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