Chattanooga Police Offer Pedestrian Safety Tips As School Begins

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

With school starting Wednesday for many in Chattanooga streets are becoming increasingly congested with cars, bicycles, and pedestrians. The Chattanooga Police Department is reminding drivers, bikers, and walkers to exercise caution especially during student drop-off and pick-up times. 

Drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians should abide traffic laws and follow common sense safety guidelines year round, but especially during the school year when pedestrian traffic increases. 

To date in 2018, CPD Traffic Officers have responded to more pedestrian fatalities than during the same time in 2017.  Pedestrian related collisions can be minimized by using sidewalks, crossing at crosswalks, and waiting for the “walk” signal.   

 

Year

Number of Crashes Involving Pedestrians

Number of Fatalities

Jan. 1 - Aug. 7, 2017

69

2

Jan. 1 - Aug. 7, 2018

66

6


The Chattanooga Police Department offers the following safety tips for pedestrians and bikers:

Always use the crosswalk, preferably at an intersection controlled by a traffic signal/stop sign
Remove or turn down the volume on earbuds and don't text while walking
Remember to wait for the walk/green light for pedestrians, which means DO NOT enter the crosswalk on the solid red hand signal
Look both ways before crossing
Always try to get a visual commitment from the driver before crossing, even when you have the right of way
There are many miles of dedicated bike lanes in Chattanooga, use them
Wear a bike helmet while cycling
Be aware of sun glare or other weather conditions that may degrade a driver's vision
Parents should plan their child's route if they walk or cycle to school (Identify best places to cross roadways)
Wear bright or reflective clothing when biking or walking to make yourself more visible to drivers

Tips for Drivers
Follow the speed limit, schools have reduced speed zones around them
Stop for school buses - when the red lights are flashing that means stop
STAY OFF THE PHONE - A law enacted in January makes it a misdemeanor to use hand-held mobile phones in active school zones. The active times for school zones varies from 7-8:45 a.m. and 2:15-4 p.m. 
Watch for School Patrol Officers and obey their signs
Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and do not block a crosswalk. A pedestrian in the crosswalk has the right of way. 
Don't double park to let children out of a car. Double parking blocks visibility for other children and vehicles. 




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