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Traffic Safety Board
William Johnson, Administrator

 

 

NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law for pedestrians Article 27 was enacted for pedestrian safety.  Every year, approximately 14,000 people in the US are killed or injured while crossing a street or highway. Pedestrians must proceed with caution, look to the left, right and left again before crossing. If pedestrian signals are provided, cross only with the "WALK" light.  Pedestrian crossing signals are designed to get you across busy streets safely. Some signals are not automatic and must be activated, those signals have a "Push Button For Walk Signal" sign posted above a button. To activate, simply push the button and wait for the "walk sign".

Follow the Pedestrian "Rules of the Road"

Just like motorists, pedestrians are expected to follow certain rules of the road, including:

  • Pedestrians are to use sidewalks whenever they are safely available.
  • When sidewalks are unavailable, pedestrians must walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and/or traffic officers.
  • At crosswalks where there isn't a traffic control signal or officer, pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  • If there aren't any crosswalks, signs or signals, the pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

See and Be Seen Pedestrian Safety Tips
 

Regardless of the right-of-way, the driver is required by law to take great care to avoid "hitting" pedestrians.

 

Safe Routes to School

The central mission of Safe Routes to School is to improve children’s safety while walking and bicycling.  The program benefits stretch beyond the school day.

SRTS resources & activities help communities:

  • Build sidewalks, bicycle paths & pedestrian-friendly infrastructure
  • Reduce speeds in school zones & neighborhoods
  • Address distracted driving among drivers of all ages
  • Educate generations on pedestrian & bicycle safety

 

 

Dutchess County Watch Out For Me Transportation Safety Campaign


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