Crosswalk Zone

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Crosswalk Zone.  By Terence Morris, author, PACE TULSA AGS.  Apr 7, 2017 12:06 PM

Walking can have hidden DANGERS when crossing streets or busy intersections. 

These are the Top three behaviors of Pedestrians before they are involved in a Pedestrian crash or injury!

(1)  Unknown/ Can’t remember/ Don’t Know

(2)  Crossing at an unprotected or unmarked crosswalk

(3)  Walking or riding with traffic

We offer these TIPS that Pedestrians can use to be SAFE:

  • Cross at the crosswalk. Don’t cross in the middle of the street. The lines in the crosswalk help remind drivers to watch out for pedestrians
  • Stop before you start to cross the street. Look to the left, right, and left again. Cross when it is clear.
  • Make eye contact with the driver before you cross in front of a car. Sometimes drivers don’t see you.
  • If there is a pedestrian signal at an intersection, don’t start to cross when it is flashing red.
Pedestrians in 2015 Crashes

Pedestrian Action & Pedestrian Injury Severity

Pedestrian Action Pedestrian Injury Severity
Fatal Incapacitating Non-incapacitating Possible None Unknown Total
Crossing at Intersection 3 18 32 26 5 7 91
Crossing Not at Intersection 18 38 49 27 5 8 145
Crossing at Other Crosswalk 2 7 15 5   2 31
Getting on Vehicle     2       2
Getting Off Vehicle   2         2
Walking/Riding with Traffic 7 20 36 12 1 9 85
Walking/Riding Against Traffic 4 2 9 8   1 24
Pushing on Vehicle 1   1 1   1 4
Playing/Working on Vehicle 1 3 3 1     8
Playing 1 1 3 3   2 10
Other Working 2 3 7 4   1 17
Entering/Crossing Specified Location   1 2 2   1 6
Entering/Crossing from Behind School Bus             0
Entering/Crossing from Behind Other Vehicle     2 2     4
Walking/Riding after Leaving/Returning to Disabled Vehicle with Traffic             0
Walking/Riding after Leaving/Returning to Disabled Vehicle Against Traffic             0
Approaching/Leaving School Bus   2 1     1 4
Approaching/Leaving Other Vehicle 2 2 2 3   1 10
Standing 3 6 13 5 1 3 31
Lying, not in Roadway   1 2 1     4
Sitting in Vehicle Not in Transport             0
Improper Crossing 5 8 5 5 1   24
Darting 2 5 11 6   4 28
In Roadway (Standing, on Knees, Lying, Etc.) 8 6 8 4   2 28
Failure to Yield Right of Way 1     1     2
Not Visible (Dark Clothing)   3 2 1 1   7
Inattentive (Talking, Eating, Etc.)   1 2     2 5
Failure to Obey Traffic Signs, Signals, or Officer 1 1 2       4
Wrong Side of Road             0
Other 2 7 14 7   3 33
Unknown/ Can’t remember/ Don’t Know 5 32 60 41 7 4 149
Totals 68 169 283 165 21 52 758

Myths and Facts about Pedestrian SAFETY:

Myth: The driver will always stop if you are in a crosswalk or at a green light.

Fact: The driver’s view may be blocked. The driver may go through a red light. The driver may turn and not look for pedestrians. The driver may be distracted.

Myth: A green light means it is safe to cross.

Fact: A green light means you should look for traffic and only cross if it’s safe. Be sure to keep looking for cars coming or turning while you are crossing.

Myth: You are safe in a crosswalk.

Fact: Sometimes drivers make mistakes. Always make sure it is safe to cross, even at a crosswalk.

Myth: If you see the driver, the driver sees you.

Fact: The driver may not see you. Make sure the driver sees you and stops before you cross in front of the car. Try to make eye contact with the driver.

Myth: White clothes at night make it easy for drivers to see you.

According to Oklahoma Pedestrian Law.

Drivers are supposed to stop or yield to Pedestrians whether they’re in a marked crosswalk or not. While pedestrians are supposed to enter a crosswalk with both eyes open to proceed with caution.  There’s definitely a shared responsibility.  This issue does not get a lot of air-time.  However, it is a problem that is easily fixed.  It should not take a major catastrophe or another pedestrian tragedy to spur supporter action.

“Since Tulsa, Oklahoma and the Federal Highway Administration have teamed with the Department of Public Safety, there has to be more intensive focus opportunities for our community leaders to become involved with.”

According to Oklahoma Pedestrian Law:  

Section 1101. – Pedestrians’ right-of-way in crosswalks. 

When traffic-control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon that half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

  1. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
  2. Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle until the overtaking driver has ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
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