AMARILLO, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) – Texas Department of Transportation Amarillo District officials recently announced that its “Be Safe, Drive Smart” pedestrian safety campaign kicked off Monday for National Pedestrian Safety Month. pedestrians.

According to a press release from the ministry, this campaign includes television and radio spots, billboards and digital advertising, informing community members of the importance of reminding drivers and pedestrians to stay alert as the days are getting shorter.

“The fall season means not only a shift to cooler temperatures, but also fewer daylight hours, and visibility becomes an issue,” TxDOT executive director Marc Williams said in the statement. . “It’s important that motorists pay attention and pay attention to passers-by, and that pedestrians make sure they take steps to be seen.”

According to the release, pedestrian road fatalities increased 15% statewide in 2021. In the Amarillo District, there were 64 traffic accidents involving pedestrians, resulting in 11 fatalities and 29 seriously injured”.

Department officials are asking individuals to follow the following safety tips as the days get shorter. For drivers, the ministry asks them:

  • Pedestrian stop at crosswalks;
  • On bends, give way to pedestrians;
  • Be careful when passing stopped buses or other vehicles;
  • Pay attention and turn on their phone:
  • Follow the posted speed limit and drive to the conditions.

For those walking, the ministry asks them to:

  • Cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks;
  • Look left, right then left again before crossing;
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing and don’t assume drivers see them;
  • Follow all traffic lights and crosswalks;
  • Use the sidewalk and if there is none, walk on the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic;
  • While walking, put away electronic devices that take their eyes and ears off the road;
  • Wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

For more information on the Amarillo District of the Texas Department of Transportation, visit his website.

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