Charlotte J. Nash | Chairman, Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners

Last month I focused on safe driving with tips for when you’re behind the wheel. Now with warmer weather and more hours of daylight, more people are out walking and kids are playing in parks until well into the evening, so I want to urge caution for pedestrians and drivers alike.

Drivers often don’t notice people on foot… or bicycles… or skateboards… or scooters – especially if those drivers are fiddling with their phones or checking directions on how to get where they’re going. Plus, some drivers have a tendency to drive too fast. Please slow down and pay attention.



Voter approval of a series of SPLOST sales tax programs provided funding for many safety improvements for both drivers and pedestrians. Many improvement projects take place in school zones so kids and parents can walk safely to school even as others arrive in the carpool line. Improvements often include a combination of turn lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, flashing lights, stop lights, speed limits, and speed bumps.

We also work on realigning roads and intersections to improve sight lines and straighten danger-ous curves. We have a speed hump program where neighborhoods can petition for traffic calming devices if they meet certain qualifications.

Be sure to cross at crosswalks and wear light, colorful clothing and reflective strips at night for better visibility. Watch for turning traffic and try to make eye contact with drivers. If the light is about change, don’t run across an intersection. Obey all traffic signals, and don’t assume that a vehicle will stop even when it has a red light.

We’re working to make roads and sidewalks as safe as possible for everyone, but the human elements are tough to predict. Please watch out for your safety and that of others.

Our public safety officers have compiled handy safety tips like these about pedestrian safety as well as other topics such as preventing fires and preparing for severe weather. Visit to take advantage of these resources.