Sharing the Road with Pedestrians in Georgia
The Georgia Department of Transportation indicates that both the number of cars on the road are increasing and so are the number of people traveling by foot. The statistics maintained by the Georgia Department of Transportation indicate that pedestrian deaths rose by fifteen percent in 2016 from 2015, but also accounted for fifteen percent of all traffic deaths in the state. Distracted driving appears to be the foremost reason for the increase in pedestrian deaths.*
Georgia’s traffic laws are clear. When drivers encounter a person in a crosswalk, the driver must stop to allow the pedestrian to proceed to cross the street if the person is in or approaching the same lane of travel as the motorist. Additionally, drivers must yield to pedestrians walking when turning at an intersection in either direction, or while entering the road from a secondary road, alley, or driveway. Drivers also must yield to pedestrians when reaching a stop sign after coming to a complete halt.
Motorists must allow pedestrians to continue crossing the street even if the traffic light turns green when the pedestrian is within the crosswalk. Drivers need to be especially cautious when nearing schools, bus stops, parks, and other areas.
As a pedestrian has at least an 80% chance of dying if struck by a car traveling 40 miles per hour, drivers and pedestrians alike must remain alert at all times.
It is well documented that most accidents can be prevented with a little extra care and safety education. Since 1984, Montlick & Associates has been dedicated to keeping children and families safe on the roadway. Our commitment runs deep through our extensive, award-winning public service programs that provide people the information they need to avoid injuries. To learn about our Don't Drink and Drive Campaign, Child Passenger Safety Programs, Booster Seat Campaign and much more, visit montlick.com and click on “community service,” or simply click here. You can also learn more about one of our newest driver and passenger safety programs by visiting iridesafe.com.
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