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Safety Citizens Program

Become a Safety Citizen by partnering with PennDOT in encouraging others to practice safe behaviors on the road. This virtual community outreach program invites Pennsylvanians to express their creativity while responding to traffic safety questions posed bi-monthly. Every other month, we'll request a response using a different medium such as video, poem, drawing and more. Selected responses will be shared on PennDOT's social media platforms.

We Want to Hear From You

What are your top tips for being a safe pedestrian?

This month participants are asked to reflect on what they can do to help both themselves and others be safer pedestrians. Then tell us through the creation of a video or other original artwork, like a drawing or poem, to bring about awareness.

Submissions Due June 1, 2021

Pedestrian Safety

Whether out for a walk around the neighborhood, using a crosswalk to cross a busy street, or walking through a parking lot, everyone is a pedestrian at one time or another.

According to PennDOT data, in 2020 there were 2,743 pedestrian-involved crashes in Pennsylvania, resulting in 146 fatalities.

The first step to creating a safer environment for pedestrians and drivers alike is to know and follow relevant state laws. 
  • When a pedestrian crosses the street in a crosswalk, the driver must yield.
    • Drivers are not required to yield until you begin to step into the crosswalk.
    • Pedestrians should not walk or run unexpectedly into the path of a moving vehicle. Pedestrians should not assume drivers will see or yield. Look left, right, and left again before stepping out.
    • It is illegal for drivers to pass a vehicle that is stopped for a pedestrian in a crosswalk, as the second driver may not see the pedestrian in the crosswalk.
  • If a pedestrian crosses the street not at an intersection and there is no crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield to vehicles.
  • When crossing the street at a signalized intersection, both pedestrians and motorists must obey the traffic-control devices.
    • These signs and signals help identify who must yield.
  • When walking along a road with sidewalks and its use is practicable, it is unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.

Whether you’re walking or driving, share equal respect. Safety is everyone’s responsibility. 

Submissions

  • Video responses should be no longer than 30 seconds with a file of size of no larger than 30MB. 
  • Original artwork should be submitted as a PDF, JPG, or PNG and the file should be no larger than 30MB. 
  • PennDOT reserves the right to not post a submission for any reason. If a submission is not used for a particular reason the participant will be contacted and given the option of sending a new submission. 
  • All submissions must be the original work of the submitter and must not infringe on the rights of third-parties, including but not limited to, intellectual property rights. By participating in the program, the participant accepts responsibility for any third-party intellectual property claims which may arise from the submission and agrees to hold PennDOT harmless from such claims.
  • PennDOT does not provide financial assistance for supplies, materials or other items associated with this program.

  • Submit Content

Past Topics:

Teen Driver Safety, Impaired Driving, Highway Safety Laws, and Distracted Driving

Thank you everyone for your submissions! If you would like to view all the previous posts search #SafetyCitizens on Twitter and Facebook. 

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