Watch Out For Me is a traffic safety campaign to educate the public and promote safe driving, walking, and bicycling. It includes traffic safety messages on Dutchess County buses, a Street Safety Tips brochure, an online quiz, and other components.
The campaign is part of Dutchess County's Complete Streets initiative and was developed by the County's Complete Streets Committee with funding from the Dutchess County Transportation Council.
“Complete Streets” is the concept that streets should be planned, designed, operated and maintained to support safe travel of all kinds: walking, bicycling, riding the bus, and driving, by people of all ages and abilities. Depending on the street’s characteristics and land use context, Complete Streets may include sidewalks, crosswalks, paved shoulders, bicycle lanes, bus pull-outs, traffic calming measures, or other features. Complete Streets support local businesses, promote economic development, improve health and safety, and make our communities more inviting.
In 2016, the Dutchess County Legislature adopted a Complete Streets Policy. The policy applies to transportation-related elements of projects involving County property (including roads, parks, and buildings), as well as public and private projects over which the County Department of Public Works has permitting authority.
Dutchess County shall strive to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain its streets, bridges, bus system (buses, stops, shelters, etc.), parks, trails, and buildings to promote safe, comfortable, efficient, and convenient travel for people of all ages and abilities, and for all types of transportation, including walking, bicycling, riding the bus, and driving, to the greatest extent possible. Over time, these facilities will be integrated into a countywide network that promotes the health, safety, environment, and economic vitality of Dutchess County and makes it a more desirable place to live, work and visit.
A Complete Streets Checklist must be completed for all projects affecting County roads, either by the County’s project manager or the project applicant, to assist the County in achieving its vision. It should be completed for all projects affecting County roads, either by the County’s project manager or the project applicant.