Drivers and Pedestrians Urged to Use Extreme Caution During Daylight Savings

Spring Forward

With daylight savings starting Sunday, March 11, the morning hours will be darker earlier. Be extra mindful in the morning. Orange County along with its regional and county transportation and safety partners remind drivers and pedestrians to use extra caution during the early morning school hours next week. The lost hour of sleep and reduced morning visibility require everyone to exercise extra care and caution.

Learn more about Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ pedestrian safety initiative – Walk-Ride-Thrive! – by visiting

Driver Tips

  • Stop before turning right on red.
  • Slow down! Speed is the cause of 32 percent of fatal crashes.
  • Stop for pedestrians at intersections and marked crossways.
  • Never pass a driver who is already stopped for a pedestrian.
  • Be alert! No cell phones or earbuds while driving.
  • Allow for at least three feet between your vehicle and a cyclist when passing.

Pedestrian Tips

  • By law, pedestrians have the right-of-way, but don’t assume drivers know or care. In other words, always be on the alert.
  • Always cross a busy street at an intersection or within a marked crosswalk.
  • Make eye contact with drivers and be sure to stop before you cross in front of cars.
  • Be alert! No cell phones or earbuds while walking near traffic.
  • When walking on a road with no sidewalks, always walk on the left side facing the oncoming traffic and keep as far left as possible.
  • Always look left, then right, and left again … and keep looking for oncoming cars as you cross the street.
  • Wait for the “Walk” symbol when crossing at a signalized intersection.
  • When walking in parking lots, always look out for cars that are backing up.

Cyclist Tips

  • Always wear a helmet.
  • Wear bright or reflective clothing to increase visibility.
  • Ride on the right side of the road with traffic.
  • Be alert! No earbuds while riding near traffic.
  • Always use hand signals before turning or stopping.
  • Always obey stoplights and signs.
  • Ride in a straight line. No weaving.
  •  Make eye contact with drivers before turning.

You can make pedestrian improvement suggestions by calling 311 or through the 311 smartphone app that allows you to photograph, pinpoint and report problems — from potholes to cracks in sidewalks to a lack of pedestrian walking lanes — directly from your smartphone to Orange County’s 311 Service Center.


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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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