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Rules and pointers for pedestrians and drivers

The most important safety tip to reduce pedestrian injuries and fatalities is to pay attention.  You can significantly reduce your chances of being in a collision with a motor vehicle by obeying traffic rules and being aware of dangers posed by cars in your vicinity.  Make eye contact with drivers if possible and make sure that they can see you. Both drivers and pedestrians have certain safety responsibilities that depend on both circumstances and common sense. Drivers must:
  • Yield to pedestrians when crossing a sidewalk or entering an alley or driveway
  • Yield to pedestrians who have started crossing at an intersection or crosswalk on a “walk” signal or a green light, if there is no walk signal
  • Yield to pedestrians who are crossing the highway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection where there are no traffic lights or control signals
  • Not overtake and pass any vehicle that stops at an intersection or crosswalk to permit a pedestrian or bicyclist to cross the roadway safely
Pedestrians must...
  • Yield to drivers when crossing a road where there is no intersection or crosswalk or where the pedestrian does not have a green or “walk” signal and where vehicles have a green signal
  • Not suddenly move into the path of a closely approaching vehicle that does not have sufficient time to yield for a pedestrian
  • Walk on and along the left side of a highway when not walking on a sidewalk.  Note:  This law does not apply to bicycles.  Bicycles operate under the same laws as other legal vehicles on the road and should always stay on the right side of the road.
  • Not enter a crosswalk or otherside cross traffic lanes where vehicles have already entered the intersection.  This is a serious advisement to runners and joggers who, even though they are on a sidewalk with a marked crossing or white walk signal, they must make sure a vehicle is not already moving to cross their path prior to them entering the intersection.
Pedestrian pointers to keep in mind:  Pay attention
A recent report from the Federal Bureau of Transportation Safety concluded that the pedestrian was solely at fault in 43% of car-pedestrian collisions and that both were at fault in 13% of collisions. You can significantly reduce your chances of death or injury by obeying traffic rules and being aware of dangers posed by cars in your vicinity. For example: 58% of pedestrian-car crashes occur while the pedestrian was crossing the street. Pay close attention to cars in your vicinity. Make eye contact with drivers if possible.Don’t “Drink and Walk”
Unlike driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, walking will probably not result in the death or injury of someone else - but it could very well result in yours. As an inebriated pedestrian your chances of suffering an accident increase significantly.  If you’ve been drinking, take a cab or a bus, or let someone sober drive you home. Take extra care at night and at dusk
Walking at night increases your chances of death or injury.  Drivers cannot avoid what they can’t see. When walking at night, wear retro-reflective outdoor clothing or shoes or lights to make yourself more visible.  Avoid wearing dark clothing.  Most importantly, don’t assume that drivers can see you.  Always walk on the left hand side of the road or on the sidewalk.  This way, motorists can see you and will not be approaching you from behind.  Provide proper supervision and training for children 
Young children up to age 9 often lack the judgment and experience to make good choices when dealing with traffic. Their smaller stature also makes them harder for motorists to see. Adults need to take special care to teach children to behave safely when they are around automobile traffic. Supervision is crucial through about age 9. Motorists are also responsible for child pedestrian safety. Slow down in school zones, near parks and pools and in neighborhoods. Parents dropping off children at school are a major threat to walking children and to those leaving motor vehicles. Stay cautious after dropping off your own child. 

Information obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation

"Back to School" Means Motorists Need to Pay More Attention!

With the start of school, the presence of child pedestrians and school buses become common place on the village’s roadways.  Here are some rules for drivers to keep in mind when encounter both.

 Don’t Pass a Stopped School Bus 

Motorists must stop on the street or highway 20 feet or more from any school bus that has stopped and is flashing red warning lights.


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Grandson/Granddaughter Scam

Be advised that this particular scam has been entering the Milwaukee area with at least one couple having fallen victim to the scam:

The following is copied from "" For additional information on this and other scams that are being perpetrated please visit

During a recent seminar, Detective Case from the Fresno Sheriff’s Department Elder Abuse Unit and scamnot co-webmaster was approached by an individual who stated two of his friends received calls in the last few weeks from individuals stating they were their grandsons needing money to get out of a Canadian Jail.The following information was sent out in January 2008, and it seems this scam is now making its way back around.You receive a call from a grandson or granddaughter saying they are in trouble. The caller says they are in jail or have been in an accident either in Canada or Mexico and need money right away to pay fines or to receive medical attention.Border states have seen an increase in this type of scam. Individuals in the states of Washington, Minnesota, Michigan, New York, California, and Texas.Many times the scammer knows the name of the family member so the senior does not question it and sends the money, only later to find out they have been scammed. The caller asks the victim not to discuss the matter with his or her parents for fear of angering them.Other times the caller waits for a person to answer the phone and starts off with “Grandma/Grandpa guess who?” and they get an answer like “Johnny is that you?” “Yes Grandma/Grandpa this is Johnny and I’m in trouble…….”and the scammer is on his way. Things to do to insure you are not being scammed:
  • Contact other family member before sending money, ask if they know of the situation.
  • If the grandchild states that they are in jail or in a hospital, ask which one. Contact that institution to find out if the grandchild is actually in that facility.
  • Consider where the child wants the money sent. If it is to be sent to somebody else, do not do it. Remember, if the child is in jail, another prisoner could have gotten your information from discussions with the grandchild
  • If you send money ask that identification be provided by the receiver before the money is paid out.
  • Regardless of the request to not talk to the parents, confirm through another family member that what you were told is true or do not send the money.

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