Pedestrian Awareness

Make yourself visible to drivers

  • Wear retroreflective materials and bright/light colored clothing. Many people are unaware that they are virtually invisible to drivers at night. Clothing with retroreflective materials (such as vests for runners/bikers) can make you visible from up to 500 feet away.
  • Carry a flashlight when walking at night. Don't wear headphones. Use extreme caution when crossing the street—assume that drivers cannot see you.
  • Stand clear of buses, hedges, parked cars, or other obstacles so drivers can see you.

Avoid dangerous behaviors

  • Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
  • Be aware of the dangers of drinking and walking—walking while impaired increases your chance of being struck.
  • Watch for cars reversing in parking lots and near on-street parking spaces.

Look before you step

  • Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections if possible.
  • Obey traffic signals such as walk/don't walk signals.
  • Don't rely solely on pedestrian signals; look left, right, behind you, and left again before crossing a street or stepping into traffic.
  • Watch for turning vehicles; make sure the driver sees you and will stop.
  • Look across all lanes you must cross and make sure each lane is clear before proceeding.

Link to CT Laws Regarding Pedestrians.

Pedestrian Safety & Awareness Educational Video