October is National Pedestrian Safety Month and the Indio Police Department encourages the public to remember that everyone is a pedestrian.
Always be on the lookout for pedestrians.
The number of pedestrians killed has grown by about 50% over the past decade, with 6,283 pedestrians killed by vehicles nationwide in 2018, or one traffic-related pedestrian death every 84 minutes.
Excess speed, poor lighting, crossing outside crosswalks and impairment are the main factors that lead to a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle.
The Indio Police Department offers the following tips:
Drivers…Slow down on busy streets and intersections.
Always look for pedestrians in intersections. Stop and allow pedestrians to cross.
Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all marked or unmarked crosswalks.
Stay off the phone and avoid other distracting behaviors such as eating, grooming, or using in-dash touch screens.
Do your best to not block crosswalks making a right-hand turn.
Keep headlights on at night and be extra careful when pedestrians are harder to see.
Pedestrians…Obey signs and signals. Cross at marked crosswalks, at stop signs or signals where cars expect to see pedestrians.
Make eye contact and nod or wave at drivers.
Use a flashlight or wearing a reflective vest when it is dark so it is easier for drivers to see you.
Photo from Alpha Media Portland OR