How to Avoid a Pedestrian Crossing Accident
While many of us use a pedestrian crossing every day, most don’t appreciate the dangers that come with it. Last year alone there were nearly 500 pedestrians injured on roads in Northern Ireland. These accidents range from minor to very serious and should not be taken lightly.
In the first instance it is always worth reviewing the Green Cross Code which provides excellent general guidance that should always be followed. It advises that you should first try to find a safe place to cross to reach a footpath on the other side. Where there is a crossing nearby, you should always use it. Make sure to stop at the curb and look for traffic and listen. It suggests to always be mindful of your surroundings. If there is any traffic you should let it pass. Once it is safe, you should walk straight to cross the road.
In order to provide more detailed guidance, we have reviewed the Highway Code and condensed a few helpful tips that you may find useful.
Make sure to give plenty of time to stop and observe oncoming traffic. Wait until all traffic has stopped and the road is clear to cross. Remember to keep looking and listening in case a driver does not see you.
Pelican crossings are signal-controlled so make sure to push the button to activate the traffic signal lights. You should not cross if the red figure is shown. Cross when the green figure is shown and make sure that all traffic has come to a complete stop.
Puffin crossing is very similar to pelican crossings but the red and green figures are above the button box on the side of the road. Similarly to Pelican crossings, you should press the button and cross when the green figure appears.
Toucan crossings are also similar to crossings mentioned above in that they are light controlled. What makes them distinct is that they allow both pedestrians as well as cyclists to share the crossing. If you are at one of these crossings simply push the button and make sure that you cross when the green figure appears.
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