Summer Road Safety

Summer Road Safety

Jun 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm

This past week two juveniles were injured in separate car-pedestrian accidents in Grand Forks.   Neither young person was seriously injured but it serves as a reminder for both drivers and pedestrians to pay attention.  The Grand Forks Police Department is urging drivers…bikers…and walkers to remember the rules of the road and practice good safety tips.   Carma Hanson of Safe Kids Grand Forks says with school out for the summer there’s extra young people out and about.

According to Grand Forks police there were 14 auto-pedestrian accidents and 22 auto-bicycle accidents in the city during 2013. 


  • Bicycles on the roadway are, by law, vehicles with the same rights, and responsibilities as motorized vehicles.
  • Bicyclists are required to follow the rules and the posted signs.
  • Vehicles should always stop prior to the crosswalk and before the stop sign.
  • Drivers should always anticipate the unexpected.  Whether it’s a child, dog or another object entering the roadway, be prepared to take an evasive action.
  • When passing, leave ample room to pass the bicycle as passing can be alarming to a cyclist.
  • When turning, always check the bike lanes and sidewalks for cyclists or other pedestrians. 
  • Be extra cautious in residential neighborhoods.  Children riding bikes or running on the sidewalk may not see you or anticipate a car being there. 
  • Give children extra space.  Children on bicycles are often more wobbly then adults.  They are also more likely to stop or turn suddenly with no advance warning. 
  • Drivers should always buckle up and be distraction free. 
  • Bicyclists should always wear a helmet and also be distraction free.  Cyclists should not use ear buds, cell phones or electronic devices while riding.


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