High Visibility Enforcement for Pedestrian Laws in Carolinas

According to a recent South Carolina news report, a 36-year-old man was fatally struck by a vehicle along the roadway.

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Our Spartanburg car accident attorneys know how dangerous walking along the roadway can be and are dedicated to helping pedestrians travel safely.

A study by theUnited States Department of Transportation revealed that there were 4,280 pedestrian fatalities and more than 70,000 injuries in the United States in 2010.

According to research a large number of pedestrian incidents are caused by a lack of driver compliance to pedestrian right of way laws.

This information prompted an effort to increase driver compliance. The effort focused on applying high-visibility enforcement to laws concerning pedestrian crossing laws.

It is a common tactic to combine enforcement increases with publicity to create an increase in compliance by the public. This methodology was successful in reducing alcohol related crashes and increasing compliance with laws concerning occupant protection.

The efforts to increase pedestrian safety are spread throughout the United States by the Department of Transportation and have included trial publicity efforts in many states.

Many State and local governments have difficulty implementing pedestrian safety action plan for a variety of reasons. In many areas existing staff do not have experience in implementing plans to make pedestrians safer and may not have adequate staffing at all.

In order to help address these issues the Federal Highway Administration began free training webinars. Courses cover topics such as designing and implementing safety plans.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has also provided grant funding to encourage pedestrian enforcement programs and education in five focus locations including: North Carolina, New Mexico, Florida, Detroit, and Chicago.

The grant awardees were required to explain how they would implement various enforcement and education mechanisms.

Drivers may encounter pedestrians anywhere and anytime and there are many important safety tips to avoid striking a pedestrian. All drivers should be on the lookout for pedestrians – particularly in bad weather or at night.

Drivers should also approach all cross walks at a slow speed so they are able to react quickly to pedestrians. If a pedestrian is in a crosswalk drivers should always stop and yield to the pedestrian.

When stopping for pedestrians drivers should stop their vehicles far enough from the crosswalk to alert drivers in other lanes to the presence of pedestrians.

If a driver is turning and looking for a “gap” in traffic the driver must also be on the lookout for pedestrians who may have moved into their path.

Drivers should never pass or overtake other vehicles that are stopped for pedestrians.

Finally, drivers must always be extra cautious when in areas where children may be around – such near schools and in neighborhoods.

If you or someone you love has been injured in an accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices today by calling 800-887-1965.

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