Ways to travel safely as a driver or a pedestrian

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JEROME, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) - With the winter season pretty much here, extra time and caution is needed especially on days with winter weather.

"More time, all the time, in the wintertime."

This saying goes for both pedestrians and drivers.

Winter weather can consist of freezing rain and ice that makes the roads and sidewalks slippery, in addition to blowing snow that can make it hard to see at a farther distance.

"It's common for us to respond to slip and fall injuries this year with the ice," said Tom Hughes, Jerome Fire Department Fire Chief.

One recommendation is to wear traction devices on the bottom of your shoe to decrease the chances of such injuries.

"We've had several falls recently that results in some injuries--some serious, some not--still, you just dont want your children to get hurt by something that maybe you could have prevented by just simple shoes," said Lisa Hills of the Safe Kids Magic Valley.

When walking to school, be sure t o look all ways multiple times.

"You wanna make sure that drivers---they can see you and you can see them," said Hughes. "It's important to be visible and make sure youre wearing things [like] bright colors."

If you're at a crosswalk, pedestrians do have the right of way, but you must remember that cars can't always stop.

"I stopped at a crosswalk and waited for someone to cross. Another car didn't see it and they just took the other lane right around me. So making sure that the drivers are fully stopped before you enter the intersection is very important," he explained.

Early Monday morning, the police department and fire department responded to a call of an 18 year old female who was hit by a car driven by a teen while walking on the crosswalk. The female was treated for minor injuries and released at the scene.

Another tip to prevent this would be to walk in groups.

"That way we could make sure that we're all looking for that ice and slippery areas and making sure that we're looking for that distracted driver," said Hills.

As for drivers, pay attention to the road and give yourself distance from the vehicle in front of you so you have enough space to stop.

"Ten feet for every ten miles per hour on good driving days. You wanna double that, if not triple that, for every ten miles per hour on a bad weather day," said Hughes.

"Leave early, prepare, prepare your vehicle, prepare your occupants, and if you're walking, you do the same."

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