Heads up for PEDESTRIANS

Both drivers and pedestrians have a shared responsibility to look out for each other and keep each other safe on and around our roads.

With warmer weather comes more people on Utah’s roads. Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.

tips for pedestrians:

  • When crossing the street make eye contact with drivers, make sure they know you are there before entering a roadway
  • Distracted walking is just as dangerous as distracted driving – pay attention to where you are going, especially when crossing a roadway
  • Look left, right and left again before crossing
  • NEVER ASSUME RIGHT OF WAY, it does not mean you are safe
  • Be noticed, wear reflective gear at night
  • Do not let small children (10 and under) cross the street alone
  • Do not cross an intersection diagonally, unless it is specifically designed for this
  • Crosswalks exist at any intersection, whether there are pavement markings or not
  • Must walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if no sidewalk is available

tips for drivers:

  • Look for pedestrians and expect them to be at corners and intersections Always stop for a pedestrian, even if you are in the right of way
  • Slow down, stop on red, and look around before turning on a green
  • Never pass a car that has stopped in a travel lane until it is determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian.
  • Be alert and make eye contact with pedestrians
  • Crosswalks exist at any intersection, whether there are pavement markings or not
  • In the presence of a crossing guard, vehicles must wait for all persons including the guard to completely clear the road before proceeding
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys carefully – just because you don’t see someone behind you, doesn’t mean they aren’t there – especially children.
  • DO NOT drive distracted or impaired. With more people out on our streets, the consequences for distracted/impaired driving could have deadly consequences

Download the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan

TIPS FOR Pedestrians

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Is the most dangerous time for pedestrians


Get out of your vehicle on the interstate

Call 911 and ask for the non-emergency line for vehicle assistance

Be Alert.
Be Seen.

Obey all signs and signals

Walk facing the direction of traffic

No, these are just some of the myths surrounding pedestrian safety. Both pedestrians and drivers have the responsibility to ‘know the truth about the myths’ to avoid a pedestrian-related automobile accident. Know the myths, save a life!


Drivers have a responsibility to watch for pedestrians

And not just at intersections and crosswalks. Stay alert around schools and busy community centers.

Intersection Safety

Always stop before the white line and proceed only when the roadway is clear.

Watch for cars and pedestrians when turning right into a crosswalk

Speed Kills

Be extra careful when driving in residential areas. Slow down in neighborhoods and watch out for children at play.

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