Crosswalk Safety Information
It is the responsibility of both drivers and pedestrians to exercise safety precautions.
As drivers, it is important to be alert and slow down near pedestrian traffic. Reduced traffic speeds not only reduce the severity of pedestrian crashes, but may also reduce their occurrence.
As pedestrians, we might forget to look both ways when crossing the street or ignore traffic signals at intersections . It is essential to be aware of your surroundings and apply your knowledge as a safe pedestrian.
Driver Safety Responsibilities:
- Slow down near pedestrians.
- Yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley driveway.
- Yield to pedestrians who have started crossing an intersection or crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the road within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
- Watch for pedestrians when turning corners.
Pedestrian Safety Responsibilities:
- Never assume that crosswalks provide protection from all accidents.
- Yield to drivers when crossing a road where there is no intersection or crosswalk.
- Do not step into the path of a closely approaching vehicle that does not have sufficient time to yield for a pedestrian.
- Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left again for traffic. Stopping at the curb signals drivers that you intend to cross.
- Always obey traffic signals.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing. Never assume drivers can see you or that they are paying attention.
- Always cross the street in a marked crosswalk.
- Consider using overhead crossings if available; for example, 39th Avenue and Olathe Boulevard both have overhead crossing bridges.
- Avoid text messaging or cell phone usage - focus on your surroundings and be safe!
Jun 18, 2014