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Be Safe. Think on Your Feet.

Your safety as a pedestrian on Delaware’s busy roads is in your hands – and your feet!

Walk Smart. Arrive Alive DE

Walk Smart.


When walking along Delaware’s busy roads, carry a flashlight or something reflective. Be visible, and aware. Use marked crosswalks. Don’t walk under the influence. And remember, when the sun goes down, your risk goes up.

Walk Smart, Walk Bright

A pedestrian struck by a car going 20 mph has a 5% chance of death.

At 40 mph, that rises to 85%.



Teach Children the Facts of Safe Walking

Here are some common myths that children may believe about walking. Make sure they know the facts.



A green light means it's safe to cross.

A green light means you should stop and search for cars. Look Left-Right-Left for traffic before stepping off the curb. And then continue looking left and right.


You are safe in a crosswalk.

You may cross at a crosswalk, but you must always look first.


If you see the driver, the driver sees you.

The driver may not see you. Make sure the driver stops before you cross the street.


The driver will stop if you are in the crosswalk or at a traffic signal.

The driver may not see you and may not stop. Wait for the vehicle to stop.

When you are Walking

Follow the law and make smart decisions to keep yourself safe.

  • Cross Lawfully.

    Cross only at crosswalks or intersections with signals or traffic signs.

  • Be Predictable.

    Follow the rules and obey signs and signals.

  • Look Carefully.

    Watch for cars coming from all directions.

  • Avoid Distractions.

    Turn off handheld devices when crossing the street.

  • Be Visible.

    When walking at night, carry a flashlight and wear reflective items.

  • Use Sidewalks.

    If there isn’t one, walk facing traffic, as far from traffic as possible.

  • Be Patient.

    Wait for cars to stop before stepping into a crosswalk.

  • Be Sober.

    Do not walk under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Never Assume.

    Make sure drivers see you by making eye contact before walking.

When you are Driving

Follow the law and watch out for pedestrians to avoid a tragic collision.

  • Yield to Pedestrians.

    It’s the law at both marked and unmarked crosswalks.

  • Be on the Lookout.

    Safety is a shared responsibility.

  • Follow the Speed Limit.

    Especially in school zones and where people are present.

  • Slow Down.

    Reduce your speed in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime and bad weather.

  • Stop Well Back at Crosswalks.

    This allows other vehicles to see pedestrians, too.

  • Be Alert.

    Watch out especially for pedestrians that are distracted, confused or incapacitated.

  • Never Pass Vehicles Stopped at a Crosswalk.

    There may be people crossing that you can’t see.

  • Be Extra Cautious Backing Up.

    Pedestrians can move into your path.

  • Be Sober.

    Don’t drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Stopping Distance Calculator

See how long it takes to stop – you might be surprised. Choose your vehicle's speed.

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