LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Unintentional pedestrian injuries are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children ages 5 to 19, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.
It's useful as both a driver and pedestrian to know the rules of crosswalk safety to ensure the safety of all.
Here are rules for drivers and pedestrians according to Louisiana law:
- Vehicles must yield to pedestrians within a crosswalk in the same half of the roadway the vehicle is traveling or turning onto
- Pedestrians must yield to vehicles when crossing the street outside of a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection
Impact Recovery Systems compiled a useful list of rules for students to remember when crossing the street.
- Always use a crosswalk and look both ways before entering the street, just to be sure.
- Take off your headphones. When crossing an intersection or street, it’s important that you’re able to hear any oncoming cars or hazards.
- Don’t stand directly on the curb when waiting to cross. Stand back a few feet from the edge to prevent you from falling or tripping into the street.
- Don’t try to stop or direct traffic in order to cross.
- Walk; don’t run, across the street. Keep looking both ways as you cross the road to ensure there are no oncoming vehicles.
- When crossing in front of a stopped car, be mindful of cars in other lanes, too. Make sure they’re fully stopped and that the drivers can see you.
- If there are crossing guards available, always follow their directions.