Share the Road Tips

Walking is a great way to get around and one of the easiest ways to add healthy activity to your day. That being said, pedestrian fatalities are unfortunately increasing all across the U.S. This is especially troubling because we can easily and safely share the road and avoid these tragedies.

  • When walking it is important to cross at crosswalks or intersections (in both Tennessee and Georgia, all intersections are considered a crosswalk, whether marked or not). 82% of pedestrian fatalities occurred outside of intersections; remember—you’re safest where you a most easily anticipated.
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • The safest place to walk is the sidewalk, but if one is not available, walk along the shoulder facing oncoming traffic. At night, try to walk under street lights, or use your phone’s screen for added visibility. Speaking of phones …
  • The Governor’s Highway Safety Association identified distracted drivers and distracted pedestrians as one of the contributing factors to 2016’s spike in pedestrian fatalities. Whether you’re driving or walking - keep your eyes ahead and stay aware of your surroundings.

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