Whether you’re power walking or just on a leisurely stroll, keep safety in mind every step of the way.
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Whether you’re traveling by car, bike or foot, do your part to make Kentucky’s roads safe for everyone. Get there safe, Kentucky!
Drive Safe Tips:
- Put the phone down and pay attention. Driving while distracted increases risk for all road users.
- Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Be especially careful at intersections when turning onto another street.
- Keep your windshield, windows and mirrors clean so you can scan the road ahead and establish a “visual lead.”
- Obey the speed limit. Driving at the posted limit allows you to see, identify and react in time to brake for pedestrians.
- Slow down and turn on your headlights during evening hours when you need more time to see a pedestrian in your path.
- Be aware in neighborhoods and school zones. Children are often the smallest pedestrians, making them harder to see. Additionally, younger children may dart into intersections without understanding the dangers.
- Drive sober. As with pedestrians, alcohol and drugs affect judgment, balance and reaction time. Always make a plan for a safe ride home.
- Buckle up. Wearing a seat belt gives you the best protection against injury and death.
Safe Walking Tips
- Use crosswalks when available. Avoid jaywalking and crossing between parked vehicles.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If you must walk on the street, walk facing traffic.
- Don’t depend on the traffic signal to protect you. Motorists may be distracted, especially when adjusting to the nighttime travel environment.
- Increase visibility, especially at night. Carry a flashlight, wear reflective clothing or attach reflective materials – such as fluorescent tape – to clothing, backpacks, purses and briefcases. These materials reflect light from headlights back to drivers, making it easier to see you.