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Hoofing it? Look both ways!

Some of the pleasures of living in the south are four seasons, good food and southern hospitality. We naturally run at a different speed compared to the rest of the country: laid back and welcoming. We're courteous and polite to one another. Or are we?

A new study cited in 247Wallstreet.com, shows that North Carolinians are not so kind to each other when it comes to people who get around on foot. Pedestrians in our state would be wise to note that nationally, we rank number 14 in pedestrian deaths, with a whopping 1.73 killed out of every 100,000 people.

Your mother was correct

It is hard to say just why we have such a high rate of fatalities. But the fact is, if you are using your feet to get around, you might want to take note of some old, familiar and still very relevant advice.

Look both ways before you cross the street: Your mother was right. Look to the right, left and right again before crossing. Expecting a driver to see you in the road may be reasonable but it may not always be prudent. Take care of yourself--don't expect someone else to.

Use the crosswalk: Cars are prohibited from parking less than 30 feet from a corner. In addition, cross walks are generally better lighted. This gives you a twofold advantage: Greater visibility for the driver and better illumination of you.

Where bright colors: White and brighter colors are more easily seen. If you do choose to wear black, be sure to be extra cautious when crossing the road. Note, too, that dawn and dusk are the hardest times to see or be seen.

A final word

As mentioned before, these are some obvious suggestions, but they bear reminding. Be aware-and safeguard you and your family's safety.

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