Happy Birthday, Frank Zappa.
December 21, 1940
- Slow down. During the evening hours, you need more time to see a pedestrian in your path.
- Don’t drive distracted or impaired. Any behavior that slows your reaction time, increases the risk of a crash.
- Keep in mind that pedestrians who are wearing headphones, hats or earmuffs may not hear your vehicle as it approaches.
- Keep your windshield, windows, and mirrors clean.
- Make sure your defrosters and windshield wipers are working properly and that washer fluid is replaced as needed.
- Carry a flashlight 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.
- Don’t depend on the traffic signal to protect you. Motorists may be distracted, especially when adjusting to the nighttime travel environment.
- Avoid jaywalking and crossing between parked vehicles. Crosswalks offer a safer alternative.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever possible. If you must walk on the street, face traffic.
- When crossing the street, look left-right-left for cars from the curb.
- Do not cross the street if a car is coming, and always use a crosswalk if available.
- Watch out for cars at every driveway and intersection.
- Stay completely focused on the road and avoid distractions like smartphones and tablets when walking.