Be Alert. Be Street Smart
With the new developments in Crown Farm more people are walking on Diamondback Drive. When you drive BE ALERT watch out for pedestrians! Check for blind spots. When you pull out of Diamond Cove Terrace it is hard to see all sides of the sidewalk. When you walk BE STREET SMART – watch out for cars.
Pedestrian Safety It should be noted that traffic and pedestrian safety are shared responsibilities. While Maryland Law specifies that motorists must stop for pedestrian who are within the crosswalk, pedestrians must also do their part. From a pedestrian safety perspective, it is suggested that when crossing a roadway, pedestrians look to their left then their right and then left again to assure that there is a safe gap in traffic before leaving the curb. When crossing, it is also suggested that if a pedestrian does encounter an approaching vehicle, they should establish eye contact with the driver of the vehicle and by doing so assure that they are seen.
Here’s what you can do:
- Drivers need to slow down, expect and watch for pedestrians on the road and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and when turning.
- Pedestrians need to make smart decisions; be seen (wear bright-colored clothing), cross when it is safe (use crosswalks and cross at intersections) and yield to oncoming traffic.
- Be extra alert at night, especially when it is dark and in bad weather.
- Avoid distractions and pay attention when walking or driving – your life depends on it!