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Pedestrian Safety

Post Date:01/31/2017 2:26 PM


According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, pedestrian deaths were up 3.1 percent in 2014 from the previous year; early data for 2015 also estimates a troubling increase from the same period in 2014. There are many causes of these tragic accidents that can be attributed to both driver and pedestrian behaviors. In Sandy City, alone there were 24 auto pedestrian accidents in 2016, the same number as 2015.

Sandy City strives to provide safe areas for pedestrians to move about the city; caution must be used when pedestrians navigate the roadway to continue to reduce these avoidable accidents.

Pedestrians must:

  • Obey official traffic control devices
  • Use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk when possible
  • Lessen distractions from electronic devices
  • Not assume motorists see you and will yield (even if legally required)

Drivers must:

  • Exercise care to avoid a collision with a pedestrian
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks
  • Follow the posted speed limits
  • Stop or slow down before passing another vehicle stopped in a travel lane until the driver has determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian
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