Pedestrian Safety isn't a Game; One Wrong Move and it's Game Over
Rapid City is a pedestrian-friendly community, with miles of beautiful bike paths. However, we have a high rate of pedestrian injury accidents. In 2012 alone, 18 people were injured in pedestrian accidents.
This summer the RCPD is launching a pedestrian safety campaign to educate both drivers and pedestrians about the rules of the road. We're hoping to reduce accidents and make our streets safer for everyone. Take a look:
Tips for Pedestrians and Bicyclists:
- Always use crosswalks. It might seem like a hassle to walk halfway down the block to use a crosswalk, but it could prevent a serious accident.
- Bicyclists are required by state law to stop before entering the road. Accidents often happen when cyclists enter the street without stopping. Teach your children to always stop and look for cars before entering the street.
Tips for Drivers:
- It's summer, so be aware that there are pedestrians and bicyclists out and about, whether you're on a busy street or in a residential neighborhood. Slow down and stay alert.
- Stop for pedestrians at intersections and crosswalks. At crosswalks that aren't controlled by walk signals, state law dictates that drivers must stop for pedestrians entering the crosswalk.
- Never pass another car stopped at a crosswalk. Accidents often happen when one lane of traffic stops for a pedestrian to cross, but the other lanes of traffic don't.
Rapid City Police Department
300 Kansas City St, Suite 200, Rapid City, SD 57701-2890
Non-Emergency: 605-394-4131 Emergency: 911
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