Pedestrian Safety

The Pedestrian Safety Traffic Team was formed in spring 2002 in conjunction with Crime Prevention and the Governor's Office of Highway Safety to assist with traffic enforcement and pedestrian safety within the campus and in downtown Atlanta. The team's goal is to help ensure safety on the streets of Atlanta and to maintain a pedestrian-friendly traffic environment.

The overall operation of this unit places emphasis on:

  • Pedestrian education for crosswalks
  • Distribution of PEDs pamphlets
  • Traffic stops and citations for moving violations
  • Jaywalking citations

Pedestrian Safety Tips and Georgia Law

  • A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of a traffic-control device. (O.C.G.A. 40-6-90)
  • The driver of a vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway within a crosswalk. (O.C.G.A. 40-6-91)
  • Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk, another shall not overtake or pass such stopped vehicle.
  • A pedestrian shall yield the right of way to all vehicles outside of a marked crosswalk. (O.C.G.A. 40-6-91)
  • A pedestrian shall not suddenly walk in front of traffic when it is impractical for the driver to yield.
  • Where a sidewalk is provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway. (O.C.G.A. 40-6-96)
  • When making a turn, vehicles must stop and remain stopped for pedestrians crossing legally inside of a crosswalk. (O.C.G.A. 40-6-21)

Crossing Streets Safely

  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Look to see if cars are approaching the intersection to turn.
  • Be aware of what the traffic lights indicate.
  • Be attentive to the crossing signal and be mindful of its instructions.
  • Don't walk in front of traffic when it is impractical for the driver to yield.
  • If you walk outside of a crosswalk you must yield the right of way to vehicles.
  • Vehicles should stop and remain stopped to allow you to cross the roadway within a crosswalk.
  • Whenever a vehicle is stopped at a crosswalk, watch for other vehicles approaching.

Preventing Crime Safely

  • Walk with confidence, shoulders back and head up. Look around, be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. If something does not look or feel right, stop to see what has triggered your fear. Do not ignore your instincts. They are your first line of defense.
  • Walk in groups. There is safety in numbers.
  • If you sense that you are being followed, change your direction or pace. If the person following you does likewise, seek a safe place where there are people and lights and bring attention to yourself. Try to remember an accurate description of the suspect.
  • Avoid undesirable areas or shortcuts. If you make a wrong turn, go back immediately. Don't take chances.
  • If approached on the street, make brief, stern eye contact and continue walking. If someone insists on talking, acknowledge his or her presence with a nod and continue walking. Do not stop and engage in a conversation.
  • Never get into a vehicle, even if forced at the point of a gun. Your chance of survival on the street is better than in a vehicle or remote location of the abductor’s choice.
Remember, our streets are not just for cars. We share them with pedestrians, bicyclists and public transit. By knowing the rules, we can help make Atlanta's streets safer.