Walking Safely Means More Than Just Looking Both Ways!
A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of a traffic-control device.(O.C.G.A. 40-6-90)
The driver of a vehicle shall STOP and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within a crosswalk.(O.C.G.A. 40-6-91)
A pedestrian shall YIELD the right of way to all vehicles outside of a marked crosswalk. (O.C.G.A. 40-6-91)
Where a sidewalk is provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway. (O.C.G.A. 40-6-96)
When making a turn, vehicles must STOP and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing legally inside of a crosswalk. (O.C.G.A. 40-6-21)
Crossing Streets Safely
Look both ways before crossing the street.
Look to see if cars are approaching the intersection to turn.
Be aware of what the traffic lights indicate.
Be attentive to the crossing signal, be mindful of its instructions.
Don't walk in front of traffic when it is impractical for the driver to yield.
If you walk outside of a crosswalk you must YIELD the right of way to vehicles.
Vehicles should stop and remain stopped to allow you to cross the roadway within a crosswalk.
Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk, be watchful of other vehicles approaching.
Preventing Crime Safely
Walk with confidence, shoulders back and head up. Look around, be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If something does not look or feel right, stop to see what has triggered your fear. Do not ignore your instincts; they are your first line of defense.
Walk in groups, there is safety in numbers.
If you sense that you are being followed, change your direction or pace. If the person following you does likewise, seek a safe place where there are people and lights and bring attention to yourself. Try to remember an accurate description of the suspect.
Avoid undesirable areas or short cuts. If you make a wrong turn, immediately go back. Do not take chances!
If approached on the street, make brief, stern eye contact and continue walking. If someone insists on talking, acknowledge his or her presence with a nod and continue walking. Do not stop and engage in a conversation.
Never get into a vehicle even if forced at the point of a gun, your chance of survival on the street is better than in a vehicle or remote location of the abductor’s choice.