Asheville area earned the dubious distinction of having the highest pedestrian accident rate among the largest 10 metro areas in the state. So the Police, Deputies and District Attorney are targeting these offenses. As part of this campaign, pedestrians, cyclists and motorists could see more warnings and tickets as part of a campaign to cut accidents in the area, cited as having one of the highest collision rates in the state. Warnings and later tickets could happen for violations that include walking on the road when a sidewalk is present or riding a bike at night without lights. When you’re driving: • Yield to people in crosswalks. • Be prepared for bicyclists to take the whole lane — it’s their right if they need it. • Pass bicyclists only when it is safe to do so and be sure to give them plenty of room. When you’re walking: • Obey all pedestrian traffic signals. • Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the roadway as you can. • Look for cars in all directions before crossing a street or parking lot. When you’re bicycling: • Obey all traffic signals and come to a full stop at “stop” signs and red lights. • Ride in the direction of traffic. • Use front and rear lights and reflectors at night. • Use hand signals to indicate when turning. (NOTE: The city allows bicycling on sidewalks.) Find more at http://watchformenc.org.