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Defensive Driving Traffic Safety Tips

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One in eight traffic fatalities is a pedestrian. Pedestrians lose in any collision, regardless of who had the right-of-way. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in crosswalks. If you stop in the crosswalk, you put pedestrians in danger. Drive cautiously when pedestrians are near and may cross your path.

If a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk don't pass from behind. A pedestrian hidden from your view may be crossing.


The Law: Pedestrians (Texas DOT).

  • Yield to vehicles on the roadway if you cross the street at a place other than a marked crosswalk or pedestrian tunnel or crossing.
  • If you’re hit while jaywalking, the driver may not be liable, and his or her auto insurance may not cover your injuries.
  • Stay on sidewalks and the right-hand side of crosswalks.
  • Drivers must yield to pedestrians legally using marked or unmarked crosswalks. Example: You are stopped at a red light. A pedestrian steps into the crosswalk, and then the light turns green. You must wait for the pedestrian to cross. You must also yield to pedestrians in crosswalks on your left or right before turning.
  • If the road has no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.