In early 2020, it was shown that there has been a rise in pedestrian fatalities in Connecticut. As a result, the state legislators began advocating for a new bill, House Bill 5324, which is meant to help reduce the number of pedestrian accidents by increasing fines against drivers using mobile phones or devices while driving. The legislation is also supposed to help with improving crosswalk safety, which is essential to preventing accidents.
Speaking of crosswalks, did you know that you can take steps to be safer in them when you’re walking? You can’t guarantee that drivers will always stop for you when you enter a crosswalk, so follow these tips to help yourself stay safe.
1. Use movement to show you want to cross
Yes, you have the right of way in a crosswalk, but you can still signal that you’re getting ready to cross. Try to make eye contact with any drivers heading your way, and use hand signals to show you want to cross.
2. Stand out in a group
Another good tip is to walk in groups. Groups are easier to see, so drivers are more likely to stop for them.
3. Avoid distractions
Finally, avoid getting distracted. If you need to place a phone call or want to chat with someone, make sure you don’t try to cross the road while doing so. You need to be aware of your surroundings at all times.
These three tips can help you be safer as a pedestrian. Be aware, walk with a group and let the driver know you want to cross. Doing these things may help you prevent a crash.