In an effort to raise awareness, the Wisconsin Rapisd Pedestrian Safety Subcommittee is releasing a series of brief "TIPS of the Month," continuing in June with driver awareness.
It is critical that drivers maintain a high level of awareness when traveling on streets in Wisconsin Rapids.
Unfortunately, both pedestrian and bicycle fatalities have occurred on our major thoroughfares in the past few years. Drivers must be aware of all pedestrians and bicyclists sharing our streets, but it is especially important that drivers understand that very young and elderly pedestrians and bicyclists may have mobility, vision and/or judgment issues, which put them at a greater level of danger, especially on multilane highways.
Follow these tips for safer roads in Rapids!
T: Take your time. Plan your driving trips around town so that you are not running late and losing focus on safe driving habits. When drivers are in a hurry, they tend to be more concerned about arriving at their destination as quickly as possible rather than as safely as possible.
I: Impatient drivers are hazardous. Develop a sense of patience while driving. Instead of trying to drive around other vehicles slowing or stopped in traffic, slow down/stop and try to identify the possible reasons for the change in traffic flow. Assume other drivers are yielding to pedestrians or bicyclists that you cannot see, a strong signal that you need to follow suit.
P: Pay attention to traffic on all lanes. Instead of focusing on traffic only in the direction you are driving, maintain awareness of traffic in oncoming lanes. If oncoming vehicles are slowing/stopping, it is very likely that a pedestrian or bicyclist is crossing those lanes and soon will be crossing yours.
S: Scan your surroundings. Maintain constant visual and auditory awareness of your surroundings when driving. Small children trying to cross the road or pedestrians in scooters or wheelchairs are low to the ground and thus present visibility issues for drivers. A heightened sense of awareness of the roadway and surrounding intersections and sidewalks is essential in promoting pedestrian safety.
Please follow these TIPS to achieve ZERO pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Wisconsin Rapids.