New York has both heavy vehicle traffic and a large amount of pedestrian traffic. Considering the dangers involved with this mix, it is not surprising that pedestrian injuries rank in the top 10 causes of hospital admissions and deaths in the state.
Whether you are driving or walking in New York, it is important to take steps to ensure safety.
Tips for drivers
New York law requires drivers to yield to pedestrians at intersections and crosswalks. Drivers must not block crosswalks with their vehicles and should always obey traffic lights. Additionally, drivers should take steps to ensure pedestrian safety:
- Slow down when approaching crosswalks and intersections
- Watch for pedestrians, particularly when making a turn
- Pass stopped vehicles with care
- Drive cautiously near playgrounds, schools and neighborhoods
- Avoid distractions, such as texting while driving
Tips for pedestrians
To reduce the risk of serious injuries, pedestrians should always practice safe habits around cars. Always cross at intersections and marked crosswalks. Look both ways and over your shoulder before crossing. Avoid distractions, such as texting while walking. Wear reflective or light-colored clothing at night. Watch for vehicles backing out of driveways and parking spaces. Obey crossing signals and use push buttons. Stay on the sidewalk if there is one. Walk facing traffic if there is no sidewalk. Ensure drivers see you by making eye contact. Avoid suddenly stepping into traffic.
Accidents between vehicles and pedestrians can cause serious injuries and deaths. When both drivers and pedestrians take steps to ensure safety, fewer injuries occur.