The Office of Highway Safety is encouraging drivers and pedestrians to be alert on the roadways.
The Office of Highway Safety will partner with law enforcement to focus on pedestrians who cross roadways illegally and drivers who engage in unsafe habits that could harm pedestrians Sept. 7-23.
From 2012-16, 146 pedestrians lost their lives on Delaware’s roadways. The Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that 2016 was the first time in 20 years that there were more than 6,000 pedestrian fatalities in the U.S.
Delaware law states that:
— A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of a traffic-control device specifically applicable to the pedestrian, unless otherwise directed by a police officer or uniformed adult school crossing guard.
— No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle, which is close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
— It shall be unlawful for any person to walk or be upon a public highway of this state while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotic drugs.
Law enforcement agencies throughout the state of Delaware will work overtime to ticket drivers and pedestrians who choose not to obey Delaware law.
The Office of Highway Safety is encouraging Delawareans to use crosswalks and obey traffic signals, walk and drive sober and don’t be distracted while driving or walking.