University Police offers safety tips for pedestrians and drivers following campus crosswalk incident
West Virginia University Police is investigating an incident involving a pedestrian injured in the crosswalk near E. Moore Hall and Stewart Hall that occurred on Monday (Feb. 10) between 11-11:30 a.m.
The injured person was hit from behind by a person on a bicycle and knocked to the ground. If anyone happened to witness or has any information concerning this incident, please call University Police at 304-293-3136 and ask for an investigator.
University Police would like remind everyone to monitor the pedestrian traffic at locations across the WVU campus. When crossing at any place other than a marked or unmarked crosswalk, pedestrians must give the right-of-way to drivers, including between closely spaced intersections where traffic signals are in operation.
Pedestrians must not walk on a roadway unless there is no sidewalk or shoulder next to it. In that situation, pedestrians should always walk as close to the outside edge of the road as possible. In two-way traffic, pedestrians should walk facing oncoming traffic.
If a highway has a shoulder but no sidewalk, pedestrians should always walk on the shoulder as far from the roadway as possible. Pedestrians should not walk on a highway when under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
Joggers and walkers should use jogging paths when provided. On public roads, joggers should try to select wide roads with good shoulders. They should face oncoming traffic and remember to look and listen for cars. At night or any time visibility is poor, joggers and walkers should be in well-lit areas and wear reflective clothing.
University Police offers the following tips for pedestrians:
- Be predictable. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
- If a sidewalk is closed due to construction, cross the street and use the sidewalk on the other sie if available or find a safe alternate route out of traffic.
- Make it easy for drivers to see you by dressing in light colors and wearing reflective materials. If walking at night, use a device to illuminate you.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing to be sure they see you.
- Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely, just like they do a person’s ability to drive.
- Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher-speed streets.
- Cross at marked crosswalks or intersections. Pedestrians are most often hit by cars when they cross the road at places other than intersections.
- Stop at the curb and look left, right and left again for traffic. When you stop at a curb, it signals to drivers that you intend to cross.
- Always obey traffic signals. At intersections where traffic is controlled by signals or a police officer, pedestrians must obey the signal and not cross against the stop signal unless specifically directed to do so by a police officer.
- If a car is parked where you are crossing make sure there is no driver in the car. Then, go to the edge of the car and look left, right and left until no cars are coming. Keep looking for cars while you are crossing.
- Be alert – especially at right-turn-on-red intersections.
University Police offers the following tips for drivers:
- Stop for pedestrians at crosswalk and intersections.
- Don’t block crosswalks when stopping at intersections.
- Slow down and obey the posted speed limit.
- Take extra care around schools, playgrounds and neighborhoods.
- Always look for pedestrians, especially before turning at a green light or making a right turn on red.
- Be careful when passing stopped vehicles. They might be stopped for pedestrians.
- Share the road. It’s your responsibility to look out for others.
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