By Joshua Huff, sports editor
CENTER POINT — The Center Point Fire District released a public service announcement on Thursday listing ways that people can be mindful of others in an effort to avoid pedestrian accidents.
With the ongoing coronavirus pandemic forcing people to remain within the confines of their neighborhoods, more people are taking the opportunity to spend time outdoors in an effort to stretch their legs, snag a bit of fresh air and to let their children play.
“In the last couple of weeks, we have noticed a significant increase in foot traffic on the roads,” Fire Marshal Brandon Self said. “The weather is nice. School is out. The reason for the increase is understandable. We are still encouraging people to practice social distancing and personal hygiene but if you are going to be out, especially near a roadway, be safe.”
The Center Point Fire District released the following safety tips to avoid pedestrian accidents:
- Do not leave small children unattended.
- Communicate safety to your children and lead by example.
- Cyclist should always wear a helmet.
- Avoid heavier traffic areas and cross only at intersections, when possible.
- When crossing a roadway, look left then right then left again before crossing.
- Always yield to motorists, make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk as far to the left as possible and walk in the direction
- that is opposite of traffic.
- Wear bright or reflective clothing.
- Avoid low light conditions such as dusk, dawn, or nighttime.
- Avoid distractions such as cell phones and earbuds.
- Teach children to never chase anything, such as balls or pets, into a roadway.