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Vigilant motorists can help protect pedestrians

As with many areas around the nation, Texas is a place that many people call home. Each day, when people commute to their various commitments around the state, they must walk or drive around each other. This requires everyone to exercise a great deal of vigilance in seeing that they walk or drive safely, especially in high-traffic areas. 

When people hear the term "pedestrian safety," they often begin to think about what people can do to protect themselves when they are walking, biking or running alongside a road where cars are also driving. However, motorists have an equally important responsibility to pay attention and follow traffic laws to determine that they are effectively granting pedestrians the right-of-way when it is their turn, and to be sure that distractions will not prevent them from noticing pedestrians until it is too late. 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 6,000 pedestrians were killed in the nation during the year 2017. While this number is still not as many as the previous year, it also highlights the need for people to be watchful of their surroundings to better protect each other. It is suggested that in areas where there is higher foot traffic, that drivers are extra cautious while they are driving and that they lower the speed they are driving at to account for areas like school zones. They should also yield to people who are in a crosswalk and be watchful when reversing out of their own property in case someone is walking behind their vehicle. 

The AAA Exchange also recommends that drivers never, under any circumstance, operate their vehicle if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This momentary lapse in judgment can cause them to be less effective in making responsible decisions and could divert their attention away from driving if they become impaired. 

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