See! Be Seen!

The See! Be Seen! Pedestrian Safety Campaign is a coordinated effort of the New York State Departments of Health (DOH) and Transportation (DOT) and the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) launched in September 2013 to improve pedestrian safety in the NY5 Corridor. The Cities of Albany and Schenectady and Towns of Colonie and Niskayuna all committed resources to stepping up enforcement of crosswalk laws and aggressive driving in the corridor. Posters, palm cards and other materials with this message can be downloaded here. Printed copies are available upon request by emailing


  • Under the NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law, every driver is required to exercise due care to avoid colliding with a bicyclist or pedestrian.
  • Look for pedestrians and yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing the roadway.
  • Pay attention -avoid distractions and DO NOT TEXT while driving.
  • Obey the speed limit and do not drive recklessly.
  • Expect pedestrians.



Be Seen!

  • Use crosswalks! The crosswalk is the legal and safest place for pedestrians to cross a roadway. Do not leave the curb or step into crosswalk unless approaching vehicles have reasonable time and distance to stop for you.
  • Pedestrians are subject to traffic regulations and must obey traffic signals. Use pedestrians signals where present – push button and wait for “Walk” signal.
  • Look left, look right, look left again.
  • Pay attention and don’t text while walking, especially when crossing a roadway.
  • The Vehicle & Traffic Law states that any pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.