BSO: IF YOU JAYWALK, YOUR NEXT STEP COULD BE YOUR LAST
DATE: July 25, 2014 PIO NUMBER: 14-7-24
A pedestrian in the United States is killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic accidents. Most of these happen when people try to cross the street at places other than intersections. Members of the Broward Sheriff’s Office will head out to a busy intersection Saturday to remind pedestrians of the dangers of jaywalking and to remind drivers to watch out for pedestrians. On average, more than 4,000 pedestrians a year are killed nationwide, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Noon, Saturday, July 26, 2014
BSO Lauderdale Lakes Community Outreach Center
3772 W. Oakland Park Blvd.
Members of BSO’s Central Broward/Lauderdale Lakes District will give a brief presentation at noon Saturday at the Lauderdale Lakes Community Outreach Center before going to the intersection of West Oakland Park Boulevard and State Road 7 to talk to members of the public.
Pedestrians should always use crosswalks and avoid using cell phones while crossing the street. They should make eye contact with drivers and never assume they will see them. They should wear light-colored clothing and reflective materials when possible and look both ways before crossing. Drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and never block the crosswalks with vehicles. They shouldn’t speed and should be extra careful around schools, playgrounds and in neighborhoods. Also, drivers should be careful when passing stopped vehicles as they may be stopped for pedestrians.
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