There has been an increase in pedestrians since the start of quarantine due to Covid-19. We urge pedestrians and drivers to be extra cautious when out and about in your walkable community. As a pedestrian, it is your responsibility to be alert and knowledgeable about your rights on the road. Georgia law states that if a pedestrian is crossing a road at a point other than a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield to oncoming cars UNLESS he has already and under safe conditions, entered the roadway. Here are some basic pedestrian safety tips:
- Obey signs and signals while following the rules of the road.
- Walk and bike on sidewalks when they are available. If there are no sidewalks, you want to walk facing upcoming traffic while trying to stay off the road if possible.
- Be alert at all times. Stay off of electronics to increase your overall awareness.
- Cross streets at designated crosswalks or intersections. Watch all traffic signals before crossing.
- Never assume a driver will see you. Make sure to lock eyes with drivers as they approach.
- Be visible to drivers and wear bright colors to stand out.