The statewide pedestrian safety awareness campaign will take place June 14-27.

From June 14 to June 20, law enforcement agencies will be issuing warnings and distributing educational materials to drivers and pedestrians. That will be followed by a week of enforcement with ticketing, from June 21 to June 27.

According to the NYS Department of Transportation, there were 3,672 pedestrian crashes in New York State in 2015 — 573 in Suffolk County.

Sixty-two percent of the crashes occur at intersections. Contributing factors include pedestrian error/confusion, pedestrian/driver view obstructed/limited, pedestrian/driver failure to yield the right of way, and backing up unsafely.

The top five pedestrian actions involving fatal and injury crashes are: 1. Crossing-no signal or crosswalk (49 percent); 2. Other actions in roadway (16 percent); 3. Traveling along the highway with traffic (12 percent) 4. Crossing-marked crosswalk (11 percent) and 5. Unknown (11 percent).

The key to pedestrian safety for both drivers and pedestrians is:

For drivers: SEE! Expect pedestrians. Pay attention! Don’t text while driving! Obey the speed limit.

For Pedestrians: Use crosswalks. Obey signals. Look left, look right, look left again. Pay Attention! Don’t text while crossing.

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Denise Civiletti
Denise is a veteran local reporter, editor, attorney and former Riverhead Town councilwoman. Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including investigative reporting and writer of the year awards from the N.Y. Press Association. She is a founder, owner and co-publisher of this website.Email Denise.