Pedestrian & Traffic Safety

When it comes to walking or driving, there are many safety tips to keep in mind.
Still, the best overall advice for any kind of pedestrian and traffic safety is this: Pay attention! When people go on "auto-pilot," they don't see crosswalks, they don't look both ways for cars, and they become an easier target for criminals. Staying alert and aware of your surroundings will go a long way to increase your safety and the safety of those around you.

Safety When Walking
  • Carry minimal items; overloading yourself can make you appear vulnerable.
  • Consider wearing clothing and shoes that you can move freely and quickly in, especially when walking or waiting for the bus.
  • Develop a plan before you see trouble. Crossing a street or entering a store may get you out of a potentially bad situation.
  • If a car follows you or beckons you while you are walking, do not approach it. Instead, turn and quickly walk the opposite direction.
  • Pay close attention to your surroundings, avoid "automatic pilot"
  • Stick to well-lit areas.
  • Use common sense; plan your route to avoid uninhabited parks, parking lots, garages and alleyways.
  • Walk with a purpose; project an assertive, business-like image.
Safety While Driving
  • Always buckle your seat belt and make sure your passengers are buckled up.
  • Always lock your doors and put packages in the trunk or out of sight.
  • Call and report any suspicious activity to the Republic Police Department.
  • Do not pick up hitchhikers.
  • Do not stop for flashing white lights, emergency vehicles have either red or blue lights.
  • Don't drink and drive.
  • Don't talk on your cell phone or text message while driving.
  • If another driver becomes aggressive with you don't engage with them, rather alter your route to get away.
  • If you are threatened with harm, give up your car immediately.
  • If you see someone along the road that needs assistance, call 911 and if at all possible, do not stop. If you must stop, only roll your window down a fraction and indicate you will call for help for them.
  • If your car is bumped from behind, another motorist indicates something is wrong with your car, or your car malfunctions DO NOT stop or get out of your car on the shoulder or roadway, rather drive to the nearest well lit public place and call for help.
  • Know your route before you leave.