HPD: Help Us, Help You Be Safe on the Sidewalks

Feb. 23, 2015City of Houston

Houston police are urging pedestrians to be cautious in and around Houston’s roadways, especially at night.

HPD Captain Matt May of the Traffic Enforcement Division urges pedestrians to follow common sense safety tips to avoid becoming victims of traffic accidents on the HPD YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkTv0cO8lDY.

Sidewalk SafetySome pedestrian safety tips to be aware of include:

  • Do not walk across the street unless you are at a crosswalk.
  • Take the extra minute or two to walk to a crosswalk.
  • Obey traffic signals of Walk / Don’t Walk.
  • Look before you step.
  • Do not assume vehicles will stop.  Make eye contact with a driver; don’t just look at a vehicle.
  • Dress to be seen.  Wear light colored clothing if walking at night and carry a flashlight, if possible.
  • Do not wear headphones or talk on a cell phone while walking across the street.
  • Be especially careful in construction zones.

Motorists are reminded to be cautious when driving on busy roadways and to be on the lookout for pedestrians.  Any motorist who strikes a pedestrian must stop and render aid or else face a felony charge for leaving the scene.

For more information on pedestrian safety go to http://www.houstontx.gov/police/pdfs/brochures/english/Pedestrian_Safety_Awareness.pdf

The “Help Us, Help You” campaign is aimed at sharing information and educating citizens on crime prevention and everyday tips related to public safety in our city.