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Pedestrians: Do Your Part

Households across the region are making the transition from summer vacations to the back-to-school daily grind. As parents prepare children with school supplies, fall clothing, and study skills, they need to add one more thing to the back to school checklist: reviewing the rules of the road. On average more than 500 children are involved in motor vehicle crashes each year in Maryland. Tragedies occur when drivers and pedestrians don’t know or follow the rules of the road. We can help save lives and make sure each child returns home safely by reviewing the "rules of the road."

  • Cross at and within marked crosswalks.
  • Stay Alert.
  • Use and wait for the WALK signal.
  • Look, pay attention, then cross.
  • Use the sidewalk – do not cross in the street.
  • Wear light-colored or reflective clothing at night so drivers can SEE you.


Cross the street at marked crosswalks and intersections.


Before crossing, look left, right, then left again.


Use pedestrian push buttons.

The WALK signal means it is your turn to cross. Check to make sure all traffic has come to a stop before crossing.

Stay visible after dark and in bad weather. Wear bright clothes to be seen day or night. At night wear reflective materials.


Watch out for trucks and buses backing out of parking spaces and driveways.

Resources:



Pedestrian Safety Tips



Pedestrian Warning Card



Baltimore City Crash Map