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Pedestrian safety campaign, "See! Be Seen!" kicks off today

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ALBANY, N.Y. – A campaign to focus on pedestrian safety on Central Avenue and State Street in Albany and Schenectady kicks off on Thursday.

The "See! Be Seen!" campaign is sponsored by the NYS Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) along with several state and local agencies.

People are reminded that pedestrians are vulnerable on roadways because if an accident were to occur, the pedestrian is more likely to suffer serious injuries or be killed.  According to Barbara J. Fiala, Commissioner of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and Chair of the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee, a quarter of fatalities in motor vehicle crashes are pedestrians.

Throughout the day on Thursday, law enforcement will be along Central Avenue to issue drivers and pedestrians tickets if they violate vehicle and traffic laws.

NYSDOT has made an effort to keep everyone on roadways safe. There are newly installed "latching" pedestrian buttons at eight intersections along Central Avenue.  The areas include the intersections at Route 155, Wolf Road, the Northway and Colonie Center malls and Fuller Road.

At another six intersections, NYSDOT has installed Leading Pedestrian Interval signals, which gives a "walk" indication before vehicle traffic receives a green light.  This is expected to not only make pedestrians more visible to turning cars, but it reduces conflict of right-of-way.

"See! Be Seen!" is broken down in two types of campaigns to target two important groups of people, the driver, and the pedestrian.

The drivers are encouraged to stop and "See!" pedestrians at crosswalks and intersections and follow other guidelines while behind the wheel.

  • Not block crosswalks when stopped at an intersection
  • Not run red lights
  • Slow down and obey speed limits
  • Always look for pedestrians, particularly when turning at a green light or making a right turn on red
  • Take extra care around schools, playgrounds and neighborhoods

Pedestrians are encouraged to "Be Seen!" and are reminded to…

  • Cross at intersections and marked crosswalks
  • Use pedestrian push-buttons where available and wait for the signal to cross
  • Use sidewalks; if there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic so you see vehicles and drivers see you
  • Stay visible after dark and in bad weather by wearing light-colored or reflective clothing
  • Watch for vehicles backing out of parking spaces and exiting driveways
  • Make eye contact with drivers so they see you
  • Look left, look right, and then look left again before crossing a street

 

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