Being ‘Street Smart’ Increases Awareness of Pedestrians

Observance of safety precautions by drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists is always in season in the City of Fairfax, no matter the season or road conditions.

The city is doing its part by joining the region’s “Street Smart Campaign,” where law enforcement officers increase enforcement of traffic laws that relate to pedestrians and bicyclists. By doing so, officers hope to change the behaviors of motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians — and thereby reduce deaths and injuries suffered by those who share the road.

“Keeping the roads safe takes teamwork,” said Police Chief Richard Rappoport. “Drivers need to be more aware of pedestrian and bicycle presence and follow the law — and pedestrians and bicyclists need to do the same for vehicle traffic, too.”

The City of Fairfax Police Department recommends these “street smart” safety practices:

For pedestrians:

  • Cross the street at marked crosswalks
  • Use pedestrian push-buttons when provided
  • Look left, right, then left again before stepping off the curb
  • Do not step into traffic until it is safe to do so — remember, vehicles take time and space to come to a complete stop
  • Cross the street on the walk signal
  • Wait for the walk signal, even if it looks like it’s otherwise safe to cross (traffic patterns might direct vehicles across crosswalks when the walk signal is red)
  • Stay visible after dark with light-colored clothing or clothing with reflective markings

For bicyclists:

  • Obey all signs and traffic lights
  • Never ride against traffic
  • Use hand signals
  • Ride in a straight line to the right of traffic
  • Always wear a helmet
  • Use lights and wear reflective gear at night

For drivers:

  • Yield to pedestrians at crosswalks
  • Slow down and obey posted speed limits
  • Yield to pedestrians and cyclists when turning


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