FDOT highlighted the importance of stopping on red lights during National Stop on Red Week, August 4-10, 2013. In an effort to promote safety for pedestrians of all ages, Florida’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Coalition and Florida’s Safe Mobility for Life Coalition encouraged motorists to “Always Stop on Red”.
The goal of the two Florida Coalitions is to promote pedestrian safety by educating motorists and pedestrians on their personal responsibility as they approach signalized intersections. Outreach events were held in Miami-Dade and Bay County. Coalition and community partners wore bright red shirts reflecting their personal commitment to “Always Stop On Red”, while passing out safety materials at intersections.
Motorists were educated on the potential conflicts with pedestrians and bicyclists at intersections, especially while turning right on red. Pedestrians learned about the safety benefit of crossing in marked crosswalks and only crossing when the pedestrian signal indicates it is safe to cross. Both drivers and pedestrians have personal responsibilities that include staying alert and paying attention to each other, especially at intersections.
Pedestrian safety is one of the Florida Department of Transportation’s highest priorities. Reminding motorists and pedestrians to always be alert, especially at intersections, helps provide a safer environment for all road users. Older pedestrians are often more vulnerable. Safe walking skills and confidence in the pedestrian environment can help older adults gain access to services and help them to remain independent and active in their communities long after they retire from driving.
Specific tips for reducing pedestrian crashes include:
- When approaching a signalized intersection you should ALWAYS be prepared to STOP on RED.
- After stopping, you may turn right on red ONLY if the way is clear of pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists and if there is no sign posted that prohibits right turns on red.
- Always SHARE THE ROAD.
- Pedestrians should always BE ALERT and PAY ATTENTION to motorists and bicyclists before entering the street/intersection.