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Our essential mission and number one priority as members of the Brattleboro Fire Department is to deliver the best possible services to the Citizens of Brattleboro. We will strive to effectively protect lives and property from the effects of fire and all other emergencies and will continually look for ways to improve our services to the people we serve.
Over the past few years, Brattleboro has had an increase in pedestrian/vehicle accidents. In response to these incidents which have resulted in numerous serious injuries and four fatalities, the town has formed a committe dedicated to studying the problem and coming up with solutions to reduce these accidents.
The Brattleboro Fire Department would like to provide some safety tips to help.
Pedestrians: First and most importantly... Be Seen! Brattleboro is very diverse with it's pedestrian population. Runners/Joggers, commuters, parents/children, dog walkers, shoppers, etc. Providing drivers with the ability to see you is essential to preventing accidents. Reflective armbands are available. For information, call the Brattleboro Police Department.
|Secondly: ALWAYS use the crosswalks provided. Not only is it the only safe place to cross the streets, J-walking is illegal and can result in a fine. When crossing when a walk signal is available, wait for the signal. And Never cross from in between parked vehicles. This seriously limits drivers visibility of you. When crossing, wait for vehicles to stop. Just because you have the right of way when crossing doesn't mean the vehicle is automatically going to see you. Make sure first.|
|Third: Use the sidewalks provided. Walking in the road is dangerous on the town's busy streets. Give drivers less to worry about and yourself less of a chance of getting hit by staying out of the road. Remember, you don't necessarily have the "right of way".|
|Many people take to the streets of Brattleboro on their bicycles. For exercise, business, sport, etc. If you find yourself on the roads on a bicycle, remember that you are required to adhere to the rules of the road... the laws, that is. Follow all traffic signs/signals, don't pass between motorvehicles, and give the right of way when due. Also, as with pedestrians, remember to always wear bright clothes to improve your chances of not getting into an accident.|