The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recognizes October as National Pedestrian Safety Month to stress the importance of pedestrian safety, and to remind drivers, bicyclists, and walkers that safety is a shared responsibility. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV), its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) have joined forces to share educational information throughout the month to help keep motorists and pedestrians safe.
Take this quiz to test your knowledge on pedestrian safety and see how ready you are to do your part.
From September to February, over 30% of pedestrian fatalities occur between 6 p.m. and 8:59 p.m. Some things you can do to stay safe while walking at night are wear bright clothing, use a flashlight, and never assume a driver sees you.
The correct answer is “Increase”.
Per section 316.130, Florida Statutes, “Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.”
The correct answer is “False”.
Per section 316.130, Florida Statutes, “Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.”
The answer is “Between adjacent intersections, one of which is NOT signalized”.
Pedestrians don’t always have the right of way. For example, no pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
The answer is “False”.
Texting or checking your phone while you’re crossing the street takes your eyes and attention off of what’s happening around you. Entering the street from between parked cars reduces the amount of time motorists have to see you and react. Wearing headphones prevents you from hearing traffic and other pedestrians.
The answer is “All of the above”.