Driver Awareness Action Plan
Provide driver and pedestrian safety messages and education. Provide high-visibility enforcement related to pedestrian safety issues.
Steps For Implementation
- Identify educational materials and campaigns for pedestrians and motorists (e.g., Walk.Bike.Safe, Look Out Texans, Watch for Me—North Carolina).
- Identify an agency or group to lead the pedestrian safety campaigns.
- Identify common traffic violations by motorists and pedestrians.
- Identify target locations where behaviors are prevalent (high-volume pedestrian areas such as schools, social activities, and bus stops).
- Develop a partnership with law enforcement agencies to provide high-visibility enforcement of targeted behaviors. (Also, reward those who are following the rules.)
- Work to incorporate information on motorist and pedestrian responsibilities into driver training materials and manuals.
- Work to revise the driver’s license test to include a pedestrian-related question or questions.
- Work to incorporate pedestrian safety information in required defensive driving classes.
DPS and other law enforcement agencies; municipal, county, and regional transportation agencies; pedestrian advocates; driver training providers; engineers; public health agencies; and city planners
Cost to Implement
Time to Implement
- Finding local champions.
- Obtaining law enforcement buy-in.
- Finding sustained funding.
- Changing driver training and testing requirements.
- Changing defensive driving training requirements.