The Carson City Sheriffs Office will be joining forces with other law enforcement agencies statewide focusing on pedestrian safety from February 22nd through March 8th.
Sections 484b.283 through 484b.297 of the Nevada Revised Statutes are specific to pedestrians.
Crosswalks are confusing for some; however, pedestrians share the responsibility when crossing at crosswalks.
As a pedestrian, at times, you will have the right of way; however, you will be on the losing end of a collision with any vehicle, crosswalks are not magic zones that automatically stop traffic.
- Never step out in front of traffic until safe to do so. That driver may not see you.
- Don’t walk in the travel lane, sidewalks are designed for pedestrian travel, sometimes it is inconvenient to walk on the side of the road, however, it’s always safer than walking in the roadway.
- Try to make eye contact with drivers when walking it will help you anticipate their actions and help determine if they see you or not.
- Cross at intersections when possible, it’s simply safer.Drivers must remember that not all crosswalks are marked.
- Don’t pass other cars stopped at a crosswalk
- At marked and unmarked crosswalks, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians that are inthe crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the same half of the roadway the motorist is on.
- If a pedestrian is in fact walking in the roadway or in violation of a pedestrian law, exercisecaution when driving past them.
- If you do encounter a pedestrian in the roadway, notify the Sheriff’s Office, there could besomething else going on in their life and they may need help.
- Both, pedestrians and drivers are required to exercise caution while walking and driving. Please walk and drive safely.The Carson City Sheriffs Office remains dedicated to bringing the number of fatalities on our roadways to zero through increasing public awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol. More information about safe driving and the state’s Zero Fatalities goal is available online at www.ZeroFatalitiesNV.com.The Nevada Department of Public Safety’s- Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) provides funding for law enforcement agencies to participate in Joining Forces to reduce traffic deaths and injuries on Nevada roadways. Visit www.zerofatalitiesnv.com for more information.