WALK THIS WAY
Families should continue the conversation with their children about walking safety, like:
- Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
- Look both ways before crossing the street.
- Dress for Alaska’s unpredictable weather.
- Remain alert and be aware of your surroundings.
- Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.
- Bring a flashlight or headlamp, reflective gear is important during Alaska’s dark winter months.
While we recommend that families talk about pedestrian safety together, we also want to encourage drivers to be patient and vigilant as children walk or bike to and from school.
- Avoid distracted driving, keep your phone in your bag/pocket - A new ordinance (law) passed by the Anchorage Assembly on June 20, 2019 makes it unlawful for a driver of any vehicle to talk on a mobile communication device while driving a vehicle within an active school zone or on school grounds, unless the vehicle is stopped or a hands-free device is used.
- Slow down – Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.
- Pay attention to road signs – When in school zones, lights flash to indicate times when students are traveling to and from school. When lights are flashing, drivers must reduce their speed to 20 mph.
- Know your vehicle’s blind spots.
- Pedestrians have the right of way.
- Always have your headlights on – Having your headlights on makes it easier for other vehicles and pedestrians to see you.