With the anticipation this summer of a growing number of public events scheduled to be staged on and near Main Street Downtown and at Plaza de Las Cruces, the Las Cruces Police Department urges motorists and pedestrians to exercise caution and to be diligent of each other.
The Las Cruces Police Department and Destination Downtown extend a few key safety tips for pedestrians and drivers:
Know the Basics – Pedestrian Safety
Safety Tips for Drivers
- Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times.
- Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.
- Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the crosswalk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.
- Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing where you can’t see.
- Do not text or use a cell phone unless it is completely hands free.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street, in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.
- Be extra cautious when backing up and look for pedestrians.
Walking Safety Tips
- Follow the rules of the road and obey all signs and traffic signals.
- Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available.
- If there is not a sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
- Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.
- If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.
- Wait for traffic to come to a complete stop before entering the roadway. If possible, make direct eye contact with the driver before entering the roadway.
- Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or backing up in parking lots.
- Avoid horseplay and distractions such as cell phone and earphone usage while walking near or crossing roadways. Also, avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.
- Embrace walking as a healthy form of transportation – get up, get out and get moving.
For information, contact Chris Faivre, Destination Downtown Business Development Administrator, at 575/541-2150 or 575/343-0444, or LCPD Lt. Joy Wiitala at 575/528-4730.