Autumn weather brings different challenges to all parts of the country... In North Carolina, the DOT is asking motorists to be extra attentive because October is the deadliest month of the year for pedestrians there.
As the fall season brings cooler weather that means shorter days too– and a higher risk of accidents between pedestrians and vehicles than at any other time of year. In the month of October alone, an average of 240 people are struck by cars across the state annually.
That's why North Carolina is launching its 'Watch for Me' campaign to protect pedestrians:
Watch for Me, NC!
The campaign offers important reminders for all of us. Motorists are asked to watch for people crossing the street near bus stops and school buses. More than half of all pedestrian-vehicle crashes in the Triangle occur near bus stops or on roads with bus routes.
Watch for people walking at night. Watch for people when you are making a turn. Pay attention in parking lots – check your rearview mirror to make sure no one is walking behind you. Yield to people in crosswalks.
Pedestrians also need to be extra cautious. NCDOT asks pedestrians to cross the street safely on your way to or from the bus stop.
At night, wear light clothing and reflective gear and carry a flashlight if possible.
Watch for drivers who are turning, even if you have the walk signal - they may not see you.
Pay attention in parking lots – look for brake lights to indicate a driver is backing up.
And most importantly, be predictable; cross at the nearest crosswalk or intersection. Stay safe!