Pedestrian Safety Tips from the Goleta Traffic Unit

Please join us in welcoming Sergeant John Maxwell as the new lead of the City of Goleta Police Department’s Motor Traffic Unit! Safety is his top priority, and in this month’s Monarch Press, he would like to remind everyone about pedestrian safety.

Our roads can be crowded places. Cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles and bicycles all share the road to move throughout our busy days. As pedestrians, it can be dangerous to walk along and cross these busy streets. Here are a few safety tips:

  • Always walk on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far to the side of the road as possible.
  • Never assume a driver sees you and will stop. Before crossing the street, make eye contact with the driver and make sure they have stopped before stepping into the street.
  • Obey traffic signals such as Walk/Don’t Walk signs, but don’t rely solely on these signals. Always look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Don’t wear headphones or talk on your cell phone while crossing the street.
  • When walking in parking lots, keep an ear out for engine noise or backup lights on cars. Drivers may not see you as they reverse out of parking spaces.
  • When walking at night, be visible! Consider wearing reflective clothing, carrying a flashlight and crossing the street only in well-lit areas.

As both motorists and pedestrians, we can all work together to make our roads safer places for everyone. The Goleta Police Department Traffic Unit reminds everyone to drive and walk safely on our roadways. One mistake could change your life, and the lives of other motorists who share the roadways with you.