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Everybody is responsible for pedestrian safety

When it comes to pedestrian safety, everybody is responsible for his or her own actions. Both pedestrians and drivers should pay attention at all times, doing whatever it takes to avoid situations that could increase the likelihood of an accident.

Despite the best efforts of law enforcement, pedestrian accidents remain a problem throughout the United States. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Fatality Analysis Reporting System, in 2006 alone more than 4,700 pedestrians were killed. This includes 171 in the state of New Jersey.

Generally speaking, pedestrians have the right of way at all intersections. Even if a crosswalk is not painted, this exists at every intersection. Not only should pedestrians be aware of this, but the same holds true for motorists.

Motorists should understand the rules of the road, including the fact that they are not permitted to block crosswalks when stopped at stop sign or traffic light. Along with this, they must remain stopped for a pedestrian who is crossing the street.

Pedestrians can also do their part in avoiding trouble. This includes only crossing the street at crosswalks and using sidewalks, as opposed to the road, when walking or jogging.

Motorists and pedestrians alike are responsible for pedestrian safety. If more people would pay attention to the rules of the road, as well as what is going on around them, there would be fewer accidents. Subsequently, less people would be killed and injured.

It doesn't matter if you are driving a car or walking on the sidewalk, be responsible with the decisions you make as this can keep you and others safe.

Source: New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, "Pedestrian Safety is a two-way street," accessed Dec. 29, 2015

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