Safety Tips for Pedestrians and Drivers

Walking Family

Tips for Pedestrians...

  • Be predictable.
  • Use sidewalks where provided.
  • Be alert - Don't assume all drivers are paying attention.
  • Watch out - Make eye contact to be sure they see you!
  • Be seen - Dress in light colors, wear retro-reflective material.
  • Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely.
  • Carry a flashlight in very dark areas.
  • Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
  • Where no sidewalks are provided, it is usually safer to walk facing road traffic.
  • Stay off freeways and restricted zones.
  • Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.

Tips for Drivers...

  • Do not send text messages or talk on your cell phone while driving. It is against the law! (ORS 811.507
  • Stop for pedestrians who are in a crosswalk, even if it is not marked. (ORS 811.028)
  • Plan to encounter pedestrians anytime and anywhere.
  • Constantly keep a look out, especially in bad weather or at night.
  • When entering a crosswalk area or intersection, drive slowly and be prepared to stop.
  • Do not overtake and pass other vehicles stopped for pedestrians.
  • When you are waiting to turn, continue to watch for pedestrians that may have moved into your intended path.
  • Be especially attentive around schools and in neighborhoods where children are active.