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Crosswalks help promote pedestrian safety

As a pedestrian, you understand there will be times when you need to cross from one side of the street to the other. While this is simple in some cases, such as if there are no vehicles around, this is not always true. On crowded roadways, such as city streets, crossing can be a challenge.

The purpose of a crosswalk is simple: to give pedestrians a place to carefully cross from one side of the road to the next. Furthermore, it is meant to help drivers understand that there may be people crossing.

There is no denying the fact that crosswalks help promote pedestrian safety. When placed in the appropriate area and used in the right way, these can help prevent accidents that have the potential to cause serious injury or death.

Unfortunately, there is a big problem with crosswalks: Drivers don't always pay attention to these. When this happens, a car could drive through a crosswalk while somebody is crossing the road. Subsequently, a serious collision occurs.

Cities and towns throughout the country use crosswalks to promote pedestrian safety. A lot of time and money is put into determining where these should be located. The same holds true with the installation process.

As a pedestrian, it is important to only cross the road in a crosswalk (if available). Drivers, on the other hand, should be aware of these marked areas, ensuring that they stop to allow for foot traffic.

If a person is struck by a car in a crosswalk, he or she could be injured to the point of requiring long term treatment and care.

Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, "Crosswalks," accessed May. 27, 2015

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