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Pedestrian safety is an issue that causes unnecessary injuries and fatalities. This is a result of intoxication or inattentiveness of either the driver or the pedestrian. So, keeping in mind the safety of people walking on road, here are some tips

PAY ATTENTION

  • 1 Always walk on the footpath
  • 2 Cross roads where there are pedestrian (zebra) crossings
  • 3 Never walk on the motorways or slipways
  • 4 Stay on the footpath at earmarked bus stoppage, while waiting for bus
  • 5 Where there are barriers, cross the road only at the gaps provided for pedestrians.
  • 6 Do not run after a moving bus
  • 7 You MUST NOT get on to or hold on to a moving vehicle

SIX STEP Road Crossing Code!

  • Step 1 THINK!
    Which is the safe place to cross? Can I see the traffic properly from that place?
    Will I be visible to the motorcyclists?
  • Step 2 STOP
    Stop at the edge of the road where you have to cross the road
  • Step 3 LOOK and LISTEN
    Look both ways, not just once but several times, to see if there is any traffic coming
  • Step 4 WAIT
    Wait till all the traffic passes and the road is clear to cross
  • Step 5 CROSS
    Walk straight across the road
  • Step 6 KEEP LOOKING and LISTENING
    Keep looking in all directions as you cross the road until you get to the other side

FIND A SAFE PLACE TO CROSS

Cross only at Zebra crossings, traffic signals, subways, foot over-bridges, etc. Where such facilities do not exist, look for a safe place to cross. Cross the road where there is clear visibility.

CROSSING BETWEEN PARKED CARS

When crossing between vehicles parked on the side of the road, remember that you are not visible to the moving traffic (because the parked vehicles may be taller than you). Stop as you appear from behind the vehicle and look for a safe gap before crossing. Remember, drivers need plenty of time to see you and to slow down or stop.



LOOK AND LISTEN

Make use of your senses. LOOK all around for traffic in every direction and LOOK again! LISTEN for the sound of approaching traffic.

DON’T RUSH & RUN

It is much safer to wait for a few minutes than take risk. Do not cross the road until you are sure that there is a safe gap in the traffic.

LOOK OUT FOR BIKES

When you have started crossing, keep an eye out for bikes. Motorcyclists are often fast moving and might ride up between the traffic.

Lead by example

Children are good observers. They follow your actions and hence always be careful of your behavior on road when you walk and drive.

Use Pedestrian Crossings

Even for a small detour to nearby shops use pedestrian crossings so that they understand the importance of it.



Avoid Mobile Phones

Talk to your children about the risk of using mobile phones while crossing roads. When you drive with them turn your mobile phones off or put them in silent mode.

Point Out the Safe Places

Take them around the neighborhood and teach them safe places to cross roads.

Avoid Using Earphones

Listening to music with earphones on is a risky distraction. Educate your children that they will not be able to hear the traffic if they use earphones with loud music.

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