Officials Continue Efforts to Improve Pedestrian Safety in Clarion Borough
On Thursday, October 11, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT); Clarion University’s Public Safety Office and Presidential Commission on Disabilities; Clarion Borough Police; and PA State Police officials met at the intersection of Main and Arnold Streets in front of Starbucks to highlight safe pedestrian access in Clarion Borough and to raise awareness of pedestrian safety in Clarion County.
While no accident statistics were available, the intersection chosen for this semester’s event is known for a high volume of pedestrian activity, particularly university students.
“We’ve got a really great partnership going on with Clarion University, Clarion Borough, Clarion State Police, the University Police, with the Borough Police, and the Presidential Commission on Disabilities. It’s a great community partnership where everyone is focused on one goal, and that is to promote pedestrian safety,” Deborah Casadei, District 10’s public information officer, told exploreClarion.com.
“To educate the public as to the roles and responsibilities, whether you are a pedestrian or you’re driving through Clarion, it’s just really important. You’ve got a lot of people walking, you’ve got a lot of intersections, and we just want everyone to be safe and to get home safely every day.”
This is the third year for the pedestrian safety event, which has been held twice per year each year.
“It’s about the turnover because you get new students each year. We want to continually raise awareness. We want to continually educate, continually promote safe walking, safe driving, and pedestrian safety awareness,” Casadei noted.
“We just like to raise awareness to the public to be careful of pedestrians crossing at the crosswalk, make sure that pedestrians are crossing at the crosswalks,” said Christina Hearst of the Clarion University Presidential Commission on Disabilities.
“The Presidential Commission on Disabilities, we actually sponsor the event. We do one in April and one in October. It’s just spreading the word, really. We’ll be handing out fliers to the students as they’re crossing over between classes today, letting them know to just be aware that we do have crosswalks and we do have lots of traffic down this way as well as on campus. We want the cars also to understand, we need to slow down and stop when people are at the crosswalks and crossing.”
Clarion University Presidential commission on Disabilities representatives planned to distribute pamphlets through the early part of the afternoon. The pamphlets included the following reminders:
- Always cross at marked crosswalks. You forfeit your rights as a pedestrian if you cross elsewhere.
- Obey any pedestrian signals and look left-right-left to make sure the road is clear in both directions before crossing.
- If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver to be sure she/he sees you before you cross.
- Do not text and walk.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and intersections.
- Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.
- Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders whos approaches to the crosswalk may be much swifter than those of pedestrians.
- Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
- Do not text and drive.
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