Pedestrian Safety

  • Look left-right-left before and during crossing a road.
  • Always cross the street at marked crosswalks.
  • Avoid using headsets or in-ear audio devices when crossing roadways.
  • Stay away from traffic after drinking alcohol or when taking medication that may cause dizziness or blurred vision. Call a cab if necessary.
  • When walking after dark, carry a flashlight and wear retroreflective materials.
  • In bad weather, allow extra time and distance for a vehicle to stop. Do not let umbrellas or jacket hoods block your view of approaching traffic.
  • If your view of approaching traffic is blocked, move to where you can see traffic before crossing. Stop and look left-right-left again.
  • Watch out for cars backing out of parking spaces. Stay out of a driver’s blind spot.
  • Where sidewalks are available, use them. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic and keep to the left of the roadway.
  • At intersections, scan over your shoulder for turning vehicles. Make eye contact with the driver of a stopped car before crossing in front or in back of it.
  • Do not step in front of a moving vehicle, even if you have the right of way. Be alert and use common sense.

Pedestrians’ Right of Way at Crosswalks

  • When traffic-control signals are not in place or not operational, the driver of a vehicle must yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping to yield to a pedestrian within a crosswalk.
    • Exception: A pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where there is a pedestrian tunnel or overpass must yield the right of way to all vehicles.
  • A pedestrian must not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and enter into the path of a vehicle where it is impractical for the driver to yield.
  • If a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any intersection with an unmarked crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of a vehicle approaching from the rear must not pass the stopped vehicle.
  • Yield to pedestrians anywhere in a crosswalk and come to a complete stop if necessary.
  • Do not pass vehicles stopped at crosswalks.
  • Slow down when driving on campus. Be alert to heavy foot traffic.
  • If an elderly person or a person with access and functional needs is crossing at an intersection or crosswalk, be patient.
  • Watch out for pedestrians when you are making a turn or backing up.
  • As you drive, scan for pedestrians about to cross or enter your path. Always be alert.
  • Use caution driving at night. Pedestrians and cyclists are difficult to see.
  • In bad weather, remember that your braking distance increases.
  • The behavior of alcohol-impaired pedestrians is unpredictable. Be particularly attentive late at night, on weekends and after sporting events.

This preparedness guide for students, faculty, staff and visitors has been provided to you by SUNY Oneonta. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with how SUNY Oneonta plans for emergencies, and to improve your understanding of emergency preparedness and response. This guide is based on presently available information, as well as current federal- and state-recommended protective actions. In every situation, common sense and awareness of personal safety should take precedence over any action described in this guide.

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