The City of Seattle is looking out for pedestrian’s safety this holiday season with a new campaign aimed to eliminate crashes between cars and pedestrians during dark, rainy months, as well as the holidays, when everyone is distracted, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation.
The campaign, titled “See You in the Crossway,” launched Thanksgiving weekend and includes safe behavioral techniques for drivers and pedestrians.
When you’re driving:
- Never pass a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk
- Don’t use cell phones
- Yield to pedestrians
- Make eye contact with a pedestrian before proceeding through a crosswalk
When you’re walking:
- Use the sidewalk
- Wear bright clothing at night
- Use marked crosswalks
- Make eye contact with drivers who are approaching
- Turn off headphones
As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I’m happy to see this message in a public safety campaign. Distracted divers can sometimes miss pedestrians and hit them, which can result in fatal accidents. The campaign urges drivers to “Take it slow, and expect to see one another in the crosswalk.” It also includes posters with a holiday themed song, “Oh the weather outside is frightful, But downtown is so delightful, With so many places to go, Take it slow! Take it slow! Take it Slow!”