Health & Safety

March 30, 2012

Crosswalk safety a shared responsibility

Written by: Staff
More articles by »
U.S. Air Force photo / Lt. Col. Donald Traud
Staff Sgt. Neil Ballacer, 163 Reconnaissance Wing public affairs, uses a crosswalk on base for safe passage to the other side of the street. Vehicles are reminded to yield until pedestrians have safely cleared the crosswalk.

Most have heard and understand the importance of not drinking and driving, but how about not drinking and walking?

A surprising statistic from the Automobile Club of Southern California is that 35 percent of all fatal car-pedestrian collision cases in the United States between 1997 and 2007 involved pedestrians who had a blood-alcohol concentration of .08% or higher.

Crosswalk safety is everyone’s responsibility. As pedestrians and motorists, we both have the right to use the roadways and the responsibility to use unimpaired judgment while doing so. If we all share the responsibility to follow the rules of the road, use basic safety guidelines and respect each other, safety in the crosswalks of America should improve.

The three important factors in creating the safest crosswalk conditions for pedestrians and motorists are education, engineering and enforcement.

Through education, we increase knowledge and awareness of crosswalk and roadway hazards in general. Good education should heighten the sense of personal responsibility. All units should participate in educating their airmen by conducting in-house safety campaigns.

Engineering involves altering the existing physical environment, as well as developing the environment to the detailed specifications that meet required regulations, laws and guidelines.  In other words, make it easier to understand, see and use. Proper signage, markings, and positioning as well as future improvements all fall under engineering.

Enforcement is the job of the Security Force Squadron. This may include, but is not limited to, the installation of speed trailers to let motorists know how fast they are traveling and monitoring high-risk crosswalks.

Here is a tip for pedestrians: Allow enough room for traffic to stop safely before you cross at a designated crosswalk. In the state of California, pedestrians always have the right-of-way, but not the authority to cross an uncontrolled crosswalk whenever they want to, as it may create an unsafe situation for motorists. Another tip: Be courteous to motorists by walking as quickly and as safely as possible completely across the crosswalk.  In low-light conditions, and or at night, make an effort to wear a reflective belt when walking or running for better visibility.

Finally, a tip for motorists: Yield to pedestrians whether or not they are at a marked crosswalk. Slow down when approaching crosswalks and do not assume pedestrians will yield or that they understand the laws as you understand them.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the 452d Air Mobility Wing Safety Office at 655-4481.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
hb

Mental health services available for all Team March members, families

March Field offers mental health services through Elaine Valentine, 452nd Air Mobility Wing, director of psychological health and a licensed clinical social worker with more than 15 years of experience in the mental health care...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Women can succeed in a man’s world

Courtesy photo Pamela Hann, March Base Civil Engineer, surveys a consturction project at March Air Reserve Base, California. Hann became the first female BCE in Air Force Reserve Command on May 15, 2005, and is responsible for ...
 
 
NWH3

National Women’s History Month: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives

(Final in a 4-part series) The National Women’s History Project’s 2015 theme is “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.” In this ongoing series, we highlight individual women who made a difference in the fabric or our ...
 

 
Miracles

Retired Air Force Reservist finds inspiration through loss

Courtesy of Evan Money (First in a three-part series chronicling Angela Alexander’s incredible story which led to a book, a ministry and now, a documentary.) MIRACLE: “An unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be ca...
 
 
U.S. Air Force art by Master Sgt. Elizabeth Concepcion/Released

Airmen stay focused in DOD competition

U.S. Air Force art by Master Sgt. Elizabeth Concepcion/Released Digital painting created in Adobe Photoshop. This artwork was created to depict the US Army occupation in Vietnam and was inspired by the story of a Vietnam war ve...
 
 
Photo: Air Force
Ninth Chief Master

Former CMSAF Binnicker passes away at 76

Photo: Air ForceNinth Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Binnicker died on March 21. Former Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Binnicker, who was the service’s top enlisted man from 1986 to 1990, passed away in Ca...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin