In 2021, there were approximately 7,500 traffic related pedestrian deaths in the United States. This is the highest number of pedestrian deaths since 1982.
For your safety, if you must walk on the side of the road, choose the side where you are facing oncoming traffic. This gives you the best chance to see traffic approaching closest to you. It will allow you precious time to take evasive action when needed.
When you walk while facing traffic, you can see the drivers face and get a better read on what they are doing.
Looking at the road?
Are they looking down?
Looking at their Cell phone?
Eating a sandwich?
WALK FACING TRAFFIC TO SAVE YOUR LIFE
When you walk facing traffic, drivers can see you. As you get out and walk more and more, you will get a general sense of what drivers are going to do.
“Walk on the Left” safe walking sigs have been strategically placed around Town as a friendly reminder to our residents.
Steven D McCulley
Chief of Police
Atherton Department of Police
80 Fair Oaks Lane
Atherton, California 94027