Traffic Safety

The Village of Scarsdale employs professional traffic engineers who monitor traffic conditions and propose traffic safety and regulation programs and processes. The placement and modification of traffic control devices must, in most cases, be approved by the Village Board, which often depends on the Village Manager and a staff Traffic Safety Committee to review issues relating to traffic and parking regulation. Proposals to change traffic regulations can be initiated by the direction of the Village Board, by Village staff or by Village residents. Residents seeking to change a traffic regulation should contact the Village Manager's staff to discuss the nature of the problems and possible options. Neighborhood Associations can be used to formally request a particular action be taken as well. After receipt of a request from a Neighborhood Association which qualifies for Traffic and Safety Committee consideration, engineering staff review of traffic patterns and accident rates, the Police Department is contacted for their opinion, Public Works is involved and a meeting is scheduled by the Traffic and Safety Committee to review staff findings. Staff then makes a recommendation to the Village Manager for implementation or to the Village Board for final action should that be required. Matters addressed through this general process include placement of stop signs at an intersection, parking regulations and signalization of intersections. Typically, residents effected by changes are notified by the Village and notice is printed in the Village's official newspaper.

Pedestrian "Rules of the Road"

Just like motorists, pedestrians are expected to follow certain rules of the road, including:

  • Pedestrians are to use sidewalks whenever they are safely available.
  • When sidewalks are unavailable, pedestrians must walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
  • Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and/or traffic officers.
  • At crosswalks where there isn't a traffic control signal or officer, pedestrians have the right-of-way. If there aren't any crosswalks, signs or signals, the pedestrian must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles. Regardless of the right-of-way, the driver is required by law to take great care to avoid hitting pedestrians.
  • NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law Excerpts from the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee

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