Rescheduled from June 17, 2009
In a continuous effort to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities, PennDOT District 10, in partnership with the Indiana Borough Police Department, will kick off a Pedestrian Safety Awareness Campaign at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 24, 2009, on Philadelphia Street in Indiana, Pa., educating pedestrians on the new signal system.
Throughout the campaign, a PennDOT official and Indiana Borough Police officers will personally escort pedestrians across the street. Motorists and pedestrians will also be given safety brochures and instructions on the new pedestrian activation system.
PennDOT reminds motorists that the pedestrian crossing devices placed in the center of the highway at designated crosswalk areas are designed to slow down traffic and alert motorists of pedestrian areas.
The Pennsylvania Vehicle Code states when traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.
Any driver in the Commonwealth who is convicted of an offense could face a fine of $50 and be assessed points. The Vehicle Code also states that no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute a hazard.
In 2008, Pennsylvania drivers were involved in 174 fatal crashes with pedestrians. The majority of those deaths occurred when pedestrians attempted to cross the roadway.
Drivers should take every precaution when traveling in residential and urban areas where pedestrians may cross the street or walk along the roadway. Pedestrians, especially children, may dart out into traffic from unexpected places like between parked cars. Always be prepared to take evasive action and avoid crashes.
Motorists can help by following these safe-driving tips:
Pedestrian safety tips for crossing the street:
Safety tips for walking: