At some point every day, everyone is a pedestrian. Currently, New Mexico is one of the deadliest states for pedestrians in the country*.
Each October, Rio Metro and the Mid-Region Council of Governments recognize Pedestrian Safety Month with an initiative to improve safety for pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. In 2023, a different weekly message and safety tip will be shared online, on social media, and across a variety of other platforms.
Pedestrian Safety Month Tips
Always Look for Pedestrians Always be on the lookout for pedestrians, especially near schools, parks, shopping centers and transit stops. Motorists should look for pedestrians, especially children and teens who can be less predictable, and older adults who may require more time to cross the street.
Slower Speeds Save Lives It’s not a race! Speeding motorists endanger everyone on the road and put pedestrians at the greatest risk. Always follow the speed limit. Slower speeds save lives.
Be Aware of Blind Spots With a big vehicle comes great responsibility. Trucks, SUVs and other large vehicles have more blind spots. Regardless of what type of vehicle you are driving or the pedestrian-friendly safety features they offer, motorists should always be aware of their blind spots and surroundings – there might be a pedestrian there!
Stop for Pedestrians in Crosswalks Drivers must stop for pedestrians in all crosswalks. Take extra care to look for children in school zones and crosswalks, especially now that the mornings are getting darker and many local elementary schools have earlier start times. Stop and yield to pedestrians, and don’t block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light.
It’s Harder to See and Be Seen at Night When you set your clocks back this fall, your vision needs time to adjust to the day getting darker earlier. It’s harder to see and be seen. Drivers: Use your headlights and be extra aware when driving at night. Pedestrians: You’re not as visible to motorists when it is dark; consider wearing bright reflective clothing and stay in well-lit areas.