Walking or Driving, Stay Safe

USF Police Department offers safety tips for pedestrians and drivers.

TAMPA, FL. (Aug. 25, 2010) – With the start of the fall semester and the tremendous increase in both pedestrian and vehicular traffic on campus, the USF Police Department offers the following tips to help both walkers and drivers travel the campus safely.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Wear bright colors or reflective clothing to increase your visibility.
  • See and be seen. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.
  • Be predictable. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
  • Stop! Look left, right, and left for traffic. Stop at the curb and look left, right, and left for traffic. Always obey traffic signals. Cross on walk signal only.
  • Walk defensively. Be prepared for the unexpected. Don't let cars surprise you, even if a motorist does something wrong, such as running a stop sign or red light or making a sudden turn.
  • Be careful in parking lots. Pedestrians are supposed to have the right-of-way in parking lots, but many drivers don't wait for pedestrians. Parking lots can be more hazardous than streets.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Always yield to pedestrians.
  • Watch your “blind spot” for other traffic, such as bicycles and pedestrians, overtaking you when making right turns.
  • Always stop for pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Always behave in a predictable manner and use turn signals. Other traffic may not always see you or recognize your intentions.
  • Oversized vehicles must watch for bicycles, pedestrians, and other traffic when turning.