Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Highway Code - Road users requiring extra care (Pedestrians )

The most vulnerable road users are pedestrians, cyclists,
motorcyclists and horse riders. It is particularly important to be
aware of children, older and disabled people, and learner and 
inexperienced drivers and riders.

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There is a risk of pedestrians, especially children, stepping unexpectedly
into the road. You should drive with the safety of children in mind
at a speed suitable for the conditions.
Drive carefully and slowly when
in crowded shopping streets, Home Zones and Quiet Lanes (see Rule 218) or residential areas
driving past bus and tram stops; pedestrians may emerge suddenly into the road
passing parked vehicles, especially ice cream vans; children are more interested in ice cream than traffic and may run into the road unexpectedly
needing to cross a pavement or cycle track; for example, to reach or leave a driveway. Give way to pedestrians and cyclists on the pavement
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reversing into a side road; look all around the vehicle and give way
to any pedestrians who may be crossing the road
turning at road junctions; give way to pedestrians who are already
crossing the road into which you are turning
approaching pedestrians on narrow rural roads without a footway
or footpath. Always slow down and be prepared to stop if necessary,
giving them plenty of room as you drive past.

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207) Particularly vulnerable pedestrians. These include
children and older pedestrians who may not be able to judge
your speed and could step into the road in front of you. At
40 mph (64 km/h) your vehicle will probably kill any pedestrians
it hits. At 20 mph (32 km/h) there is only a 1 in 20 chance of the
pedestrian being killed. So kill your speed
older pedestrians who may need more time to cross the road.
Be patient and allow them to cross in their own time. Do not hurry
them by revving your engine or edging forward
people with disabilities. People with hearing impairments may not
be aware of your vehicle approaching. Those with walking difficulties
require more time
blind or partially sighted people, who may be carrying a white cane
using a guide dog. They may not be able to see you approaching
deafblind people who may be carrying a white cane with a red band
or using a dog with a red and white harness. They may not see or
hear instructions or signals.
208) Near schools. Drive slowly and be particularly aware of young
cyclists and pedestrians. In some places, there may be a flashing
amber signal below the ‘School' warning sign which tells you that
there may be children crossing the road ahead. Drive very slowly
until you are clear of the area.
209) Drive carefully and slowly when passing a stationary bus showing a
‘School Bus' sign (see ‘Vehicle markings') as children may be getting
on or off.
210) You MUST stop when a school crossing patrol shows a ‘Stop for
children' sign (see ‘Signals by authorised persons' and ‘Signs giving
orders') Law RTRA sect 28

Related posts :

The Highway Code Introduction
The Highway Code - Rules for pedestrians
The Highway Code - Rules for users of powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters
The Highway Code - Rules about animals
The Highway Code - Rules for cyclists
The Highway Code - Rules for Motorcyclists
The Highway Code - Rules for drivers and motorcyclists

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