If Only…I realized
If Only… is a multi-agency program that focuses on bicycle, pedestrian and motorist safety in the county. If Only… seeks to reduce pedestrian, motorist and bicycle traffic incidents though increased awareness of integrated traffic, improved knowledge of pedestrian, motorist and bicyclist laws, and tangible traffic safety improvements.
In the past 6 months, there have been over 100 hit and run crashes in St. Johns County, involving two fatalities of pedestrians. By following the the steps below we can reduce the amount of incidents that occur in our community and ultimately create a safer environment for all!
Motorists should take the following steps to avoid incidents:
- A 3 foot distance is required when passing bicyclists.
- Bicycles can legally operate on roadways as vehicles.
- Distracted driving causes fatalities on our roads.
- Always look right before making a right hand turn.
Pedestrians should take the following steps to avoid traffic incidents:
- Walk on sidewalks (It’s the law).
- Walk in well-lit areas or carry a flashlight.
- Wear light colored clothing.
- Use crosswalks (It’s the law).
- Walk against the flow of traffic (It’s the law).
Bicyclists should take the following steps to avoid traffic incidents:
- Ride with the flow of traffic.
- Bicycles are considered vehicles.
- Use bicycle lanes when available.
- Utilize safety equipment (helmets, reflectors, headlights).
- Do not use headphones.