As time off during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays attracts tourists to Las Vegas for vacation, pedestrians should use extra caution when walking on city streets. Drivers from out of town are likely unfamiliar with the roads and highways here, while traffic naturally increases as everyone travels to see friends and relatives.
Keep these safety tips in mind if you frequently travel by foot in downtown Las Vegas.
Stand back from the road
If you are at a bus stop or waiting to cross at a green light, stay 40 to 45 feet away from the curb. This gives you more time to react if a driver miscalculates and veers off the road at your intersection. It also provides space to protect yourself if an auto accident occurs at the intersection.
Stick to safe areas
Like drivers, pedestrians should always obey the rules of the road. Avoid walking on highways, exits and entrances and other areas without pedestrian walkways. Cross only at crosswalks, and wait for the signal before entering the intersection. If you must walk in an area with no sidewalk, face traffic to remain visible to drivers.
Make sure motorists can see you, especially at night (when a disproportionate number of pedestrian fatalities occur). Never walk in a driver’s blind spot. When facing a motorist, make eye contact to confirm that he or she sees you and can avoid hitting you. If you must walk in the dark, wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight.
You know drivers should avoid distractions, but walkers should also remain aware of their surroundings. Avoid texting or using your smartphone while walking, especially in heavily trafficked areas. Earbuds prevent you from hearing hazards around you and should stay in your pocket until you reach your destination.
The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles says that the state is one of the 10 most dangerous for pedestrians. Prevent a serious auto accident injury by following these tips whenever walking in Las Vegas.