Intersection Safety Tips from the Folsom Police Department

Intersections can be dangerous areas for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians, especially during peak commute times.  

More than 50 percent of the combined total of fatal and injury crashes occur at or near intersections, according to the United States Department of Transportation. Inattentiveness, reckless driving, and speeding can all lead to a serious accident at an intersection.

The Folsom Police Department recommends drivers should follow these safety tips to help reduce the risk of accidents at intersections.

  • Always complete a full stop at a stop sign. Look both ways for oncoming traffic before entering the intersection.
  • Stay alert to brake lights ahead of you and slow down as you approach the intersection.
  • Slow down and stop if you are approaching an intersection and the light turns yellow. Motorists attempting to outrun red lights is a leading cause of accidents at intersections.
  • Make sure there is enough room for your vehicle on the opposite side of the intersection to avoid getting stuck in the middle. Spillback can cause gridlock, traffic collisions and may also result in a fine for motorists.
  • Before you reach the intersection, follow the merge signs and get in the correct lane.  Do not change lanes once you are in the middle of the intersection.
  • Be prepared for the unexpected. Do not assume another driver will yield the right-of-way.
  • Look for pedestrians and bicyclists before making a turn near a crosswalk.
  • Use your turn signals appropriately to notify other motorists of your intent.
  • Never run red lights, roll through stop signs, or speed through intersections.
  • Make safe left-hand turns. Begin signaling about 100 feet before the turn. Look left, then right, then left again, and make the turn when it is safe. When you turn left, do not turn too soon and “cut the corner” of the lane belonging to the vehicles coming towards you.
  • Use extra caution at intersections in the winter, when the roads can be wet and slippery.
  • Always yield to pedestrians. Speeding and running red lights and stop signs can have deadly consequences.
  • When signals are flashing red, make a complete stop before entering the intersection and only proceed when safe.
  • Never text while driving. 

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