The Office of Highway Safety (OHS) has teamed up with Delaware Department of Transportation and the Delaware State Police to hold pedestrian safety checks as part of the Walking Dead pedestrian campaign effort.
The following safety checks are: July 26 at the Starboard, 2009 Coastal Highway, Dewey Beach; Aug. 3 at Second Street in Lewes; Aug. 8 and Sept. 6 in Rodney Square in Wilmington. Many traffic partners will be on hand to provide safe walking tips and information, including Beebe Hospital, Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, Sussex County Paramedics, Lewes PD, Wilmington PD, and Dewey PD.
OHS started a pilot program for educational safety patrols in the jurisdictional areas in Wilmington, New Castle County, and Newark. The officers patrol high pedestrian crash locations to identify pedestrians who are at risk of being involved in a crash, such as those not crossing at marked crosswalks or signaled intersections, walking at dusk/night without a reflective item or flashlight, or walking impaired. The officers stop the pedestrian to provide education about how to walk safely near traffic, as well as provide them an informational flyer and a reflective string backpack.
Highway safety officials is giving safety tips on how to walk smart:
- Cross only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs. Look left, right, and left again. Only start to cross when it's clear.
- Do not risk crossing outside of a crosswalk or intersection just because it's more convenient, especially on high speed roadways. Cars cannot stop in time for you.
- Use sidewalks. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far off the edge of the road as possible.
- Do not step into a crosswalk if it will create a hazard to motorists. When it is clear to cross, continue to watch for traffic while crossing the street until you have safely reached the other side.
- Carry a flashlight or other reflective item when walking at night. It's the law.
- Do not hitchhike.
- Teach children not to run into the street after balls or other toys, and don't allow them to cross alone until you've practiced the basics with them hundreds of times.
- Do not walk under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired walking is like impaired driving; it is illegal and can be deadly.
- If your vehicle breaks down on an interstate or busy roadway, don't leave your vehicle. Instead call #77 or 911 for assistance. Motorists can also call #77 to report a disabled vehicle they see on the roadways.
- If you are driving, be on the lookout for pedestrians near the roadway.
For more information: ohs.delaware.gov/PedestrianSafety.