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Traffic officer offers safety tips for pedestrians

A Roanoke traffic officer has some tips to keep pedestrians safe on the roads.

ROANOKE, Va. – After a pedestrian was hit and killed Wednesday night in Roanoke, WSLS took a closer look at ways you can stay safe on the roads.

Roanoke traffic safety officer Fatima Foster says the responsibility does not just lie with the driver. Pedestrians need to make sure they are following traffic rules as well.

Foster says to cross at intersections; however before crossing, make sure you double-or triple check that no cars are coming. When walking, stay on the sidewalk. If there isn't a sidewalk, make sure you are in a driver's direct line of sight.

"If you have to walk on the road, walk on the road facing oncoming traffic because if you're walking with the same direction as traffic, you won't be able to see the drivers and won't be sure if the drivers see you," says Foster. 

When walking at night, Foster says to make sure you wear reflective clothing or light clothing that can be picked up in a driver's headlights.