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Driving Safety Tips for Pedestrian Safety Month

October 13, 2021

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS – This October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Virgin Islands Office of Highway Safety (VIOHS) announce the first National Pedestrian Safety Month with the goal of increasing awareness about pedestrian safety and reminding drivers and walkers that staying safe is a shared responsibility.

Here are some safety tips for drivers:

  1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.

  2. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you cannot see.

  3. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see and stop for the crossing pedestrians.

  4. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.

  5. Be extra cautious when reversing — pedestrians can move into your path.

This October, and throughout the year, let us work together to keep everyone safe on the roads.

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