29 December 2016
Simple Rules for Safety During Winter Months
Nick Minecci, USAG Public Affairs
With construction underway in populated areas of Fort Detrick and some organizations moving to new locations, it is important for both drivers and pedestrians to remember some simple safety reminders and crosswalk etiquette rules.

The Fort Detrick Police Department ask that during the winter month’s limited visibility, especially the morning and evening rush hours, drivers turn on headlights prior to dusk and before dawn, avoid distracted driving and be prepared to stop for pedestrians as they enter designated crosswalks.

They also remind drivers that Fort Detrick Regulation 190-5, Fort Detrick Traffic Code, states when approaching a crosswalk that, “drivers will yield the right of way at intersection crosswalks occupied by pedestrians.”

This means coming to a complete stop and allowing the pedestrian to cross the road.

Also, according to the Maryland Transit Administration, when at a crosswalk, the “passing of a vehicle stopped for pedestrian(s) is prohibited. If, at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, a vehicle is stopped to let a pedestrian cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear may not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.”

Pedestrians are reminded to always exercise caution when approaching and using a crosswalk, and according to the MTA, “a pedestrian may not 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.”

Fort Detrick police say pedestrians should wear brightly colored or reflective clothing, as well as avoid distracted walking.

They also say pedestrians at designated crosswalks should make it a habit to establish eye contact with drivers prior to stepping into the crosswalk to show your intent to cross and confirm that motorists are aware of your intentions.

They also remind the community that pedestrians crossing a roadway, other than at an intersection or marked crosswalk, will yield the right-of-way to all approaching vehicles, and personnel should always use sidewalks when available. When sidewalks are not available, the left side of the road, facing oncoming traffic will be used.
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