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New York State averages nearly 300 pedestrian fatalities annually.

Follow the Pedestrian "Rules of the Road"...Just like motorists, pedestrians are expected to follow certain rules of the road, including:

  1. Pedestrians are to use sidewalks whenever they are safely available.
  2. When sidewalks are unavailable, pedestrians must walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  3. Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and/or traffic officers.
  4. At crosswalks where there isn't a traffic control signal or officer, pedestrians have the right-of-way.
  5. If there aren't any crosswalks, signs or signals, the pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.
  6. Regardless of the right-of-way, the driver is required by law to take great care to avoid "hitting" pedestrians.


11% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted. Check out www.distraction.gov for more alarming statistics. Take this Pledge and learn ways to keep your teen safe behind the wheel.