The Highway Code NI is critical for all street users whether you are a person on foot, a cyclist, a motorcyclist or a driver for your safety. As a walker you are especially defenseless. To shield yourself as well as other people from death or genuine damage, pursue these standards from The Highway Code.
One out of five street death is of a passerby. 74% of passerby deaths are caused by the person on foot most regularly being reckless to traffic or thoughtless. To anticipate deaths and genuine wounds and increase the safety rate, people on foot and drivers must share the road and the duty.
DUTY NUMBER 1
As per road safety guideline article, you should always use footways or footpaths if provided and avoid being next to the curb with your back to the traffic. However, if you have to step into the road, look both ways first. If there is no footway or footpath, walk on the right-hand side of the road so you can see oncoming traffic.
You should take extra care and:
• Be prepared to walk in single file, especially on narrow roads or in poor light; and
• Keep close to the side of the road. It may be safer to cross the road well
DUTY NUMBER 2
Always use a pedestrian crossing where one is available even if you are in a rush. If you cross the road in the wrong way and cause a crash it’s your responsibility and someone could be seriously injured because of your carelessness. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,and Road Safety Guideline in 2006, 42 percent of pedestrian fatalities occurred on roads without proper crosswalks. All in all, pedestrian deaths that occurred on an actual crosswalk accounted for less than 9 percent of all fatalities
When using any type of crossing you should:
• ALWAYS check that the traffic has stopped before you start to cross or push a pram onto the crossing;
• ALWAYS cross between the studs or over the Zebra markings. DO NOT cross at the side of the crossing or on the zigzag lines.
DUTY NUMBER 3
If you have to cross between parked vehicles, use the outside edges of the vehicles as if they were the curb. STOP there and make sure:
• You can see all around and the traffic can see you; and
• There is a gap between any parked vehicles on the other side so you can reach the footway or footpath. NEVER cross the road in front of, or behind, any vehicle with its engine running, especially a large vehicle, as the driver may not be able to see you.
THE GREEN CROSS ROAD
The Green Cross Road is for all pedestrians no matter what age you are. ALWAYS STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the road. It will help keep you alive and ensure your safety. Children should be taught the Code and should not be allowed out alone until they can understand and use it properly. It is especially a parent responsibility to decide what age this is.
Remember – children learn by example, so always use the Code in full when out with children. As a result, they will learn to save their life!
PROCEDURE OF THE GREEN CROSS ROAD:
STEP NUMBER 1 :
Firstly find a safe place to cross and where there is a space to reach the footway or footpath on the other side. Then where there is a crossing nearby, use it. It is safer to cross using a subway, a footbridge, an island, a Zebra, Pelican, Toucan or Puffin Crossing, or where there is a crossing point controlled by a police officer or school crossing patrol.
Otherwise choose a place where you can see clearly in all directions. AVOID crossing between parked cars, on a blind bend or close to the brow of a hill. Move to a space where drivers and riders can see you clearly. DO NOT cross the road diagonally.
STEP NUMBER 2
Stop just before you get to the curb, where you can see if anything is coming. DO NOT get too close to the traffic. Incidentally If there’s no footway or footpath keep back from the edge of the road but make sure you can still see approaching traffic.
STEP NUMBER 3
Look all around for traffic and listen. Traffic could come from any direction. Listen as well, because you can sometimes hear traffic before you see it.
STEP NUMBER 4
If traffic is coming, let it pass. Look all around again and listen. DO NOT cross until there is a safe gap in the traffic and you are certain that there is plenty of time. Remember, even if traffic is a long way off, it may be approaching very quickly.
STEP NUMBER 5
When it is safe go straight across the road – DO NOT RUN. Keep looking and listening for traffic while you cross, in case there is any traffic you did not see, or in case other traffic appears suddenly. Look out for cyclists and motorcyclists travelling between lanes of traffic and lastly DO NOT walk diagonally across the road.