Pedestrian Safety

We all have a role to play to keep each other SAFE!

We All Have a Role to Play

Follow and share these important Safety Tips and Pedestrian Laws—together, we can keep Washington State pedestrians and students SAFE!

Learn more about how you can support our nation’s annual WALK BIKE & ROLL TO SCHOOL community initiatives. 

Sources: Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), National Safety Council (NSC), and the Washington State Legislature

When out & about, remember to:

  • Unplug from technology: Don’t be a distracted walker.
  • Make Eye Contact with drivers before you cross: Don’t Walk until all traffic stops.
  • Use a Sidewalk, if possible: If sidewalks are not available, walk on the side of the road, facing the traffic coming towards you.
  • Use a Crosswalk or intersection: Rather than crossing in the middle of the street.
  • Look Left, Right, Left: Stop, and look left, right, and left again for traffic BEFORE crossing the street.
  • Be Safe, Be Seen: Drivers need to see you – and to avoid you. Wear bright and/or reflective clothing and use a flashlight at night.
  • Be Aware: When walking in front of a driveway, alleyway, or behind a car, be aware of cars that may be backing up. Look for backup lights, listen for engine noise and look for drivers in cars.

While driving, remember to:

  • Stop at Crosswalks: Every intersection is a crosswalk—it’s the law. Drivers must stop for pedestrians at intersections, whether it’s an unmarked or marked crosswalk.
  • Phone Down: Hand-held cell phone use and texting is prohibited for all Washington drivers.
  • Obey Traffic Laws: Obey all traffic laws. Pay special attention to posted speed limits in school zones.
  • Stay Alert: Avoid distracted or impaired driving.
  • Use Caution: Every driver of a vehicle should use caution to avoid colliding with any pedestrian on any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.


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