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Dane County Sheriff's Office

Finally! A “Warm” Weather Traffic Warning

April 04, 2008
Contact: Elise Schaffer, PIO Phone: (608) 284-6142 Email:
Sheriff's Office

Cabin fever may be at an all time high this spring. Now that the record setting snowfall is melting, and temperatures are rising, walkers, runners, and bikers are itching to get on the road. The Dane County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind motorists to increase their awareness and share the road. Some safety tips for motorists include: · Treat cyclists and pedestrians with respect. They have just as much right to ride as we do to drive. · Leave 3-4 feet of space when passing a bicyclist, and don’t merge over until you have completely passed. · Always signal your intentions. Good communication can prevent crashes. · Watch for kids! They’re a common sight in neighborhoods, near parks and schools…and they are unpredictable. Bicyclists should be aware of these tips for their safety: · Make sure bikes are tuned, well maintained, and fit properly. · Never wear headphones while riding. · Never ride against traffic. · Wear close fitting, light-colored or reflective clothing. · Ride as far to the right as practicable. · Ride no more than 2-abreast. · Most importantly, always wear a helmet! Pedestrians should always: · Walk on sidewalks when possible. If you must walk on the road, stay to the left shoulder, and walk facing traffic. · Cross at marked cross walks or intersections, and always look both ways. · See and be seen. Wear bright colors or reflective clothing. Make eye contact with drivers, and carry a flashlight when walking in the dark. Last year, 2 pedestrians and 1 bicyclist were killed on Dane County roads. So no matter what your means of transportation, travel safe.