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Summertime Traffic Tips from Chief Trigo

John Mooney

Thursday, June 19, 2014 • 3:00pm

FANWOOD, NJ – Now that the kids are out of school, drivers and pedestrians need to be alert as little ones sometimes don’t pay attention to traffic, and drivers may not be expecting children to dart into the road.

Fanwood Police Chief Richard Trigo and traffic safety experts across the country ask that drivers and kids be extra careful in the coming weeks.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Always cross within marked crosswalks or at street corners.
  • Look left, right, then left again for vehicular traffic before stepping onto the roadway.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you.
  • Keep to the right of the crosswalk, and be patient and alert when crossing the street.
  • Walk across the street, never run.
  • Obey all traffic signals and use the pedestrian signal button at intersections.
  • Cross the street only when the green "Walk" light is on. Do not begin crossing if the red "Don't Walk" or upraised hand is flashing or steady.
  • Be especially careful of vehicles that may turn right on red or turn left at an intersection. Drivers may be busy looking out for other vehicles instead of pedestrians.
  • If buses or other large vehicles are blocking your view, wait for them to pass before crossing. These vehicles may also be blocking the view of drivers in the other lanes.
  • Do not walk behind a vehicle that has its reverse lights on.
  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the roadway so you can see oncoming traffic.
  • Do not allow your children to walk near roadways or cross the street unsupervised. Parents should accompany their young children until they are sure that their children can cross the street safely.

Tips for Drivers

  • Stay focused and alert for pedestrians.
  • Stop for a pedestrian in a crosswalk when the pedestrian is crossing on your half of the road or if he or she is approaching from the opposite half of the roadway and is close enough to be in danger.
  • Look out for pedestrians that may be hidden from view by other vehicles that have stopped.
  • Be extra vigilant for pedestrians when driving at dawn or dusk.
  • Anticipate the difficulties of the elderly or young children who are crossing the street.
  • Obey all traffic laws and pay attention to traffic control signals and posted signs.
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