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DMV offers info online about pedestrian safety

Q: I’ve seen recent news coverage of pedestrian- and vehicle-involved crashes. Do you have information online about pedestrian safety?

A: Pedestrian safety is a serious issue. In California, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 19 percent of all traffic fatalities, and pedestrian fatalities are on the rise. Drivers must respect the right-of-way of pedestrians and always stop for any pedestrian crossing at corners or other crosswalks. While every pedestrian is at risk, older adults and children have a higher likelihood of being injured or killed while traveling by foot, wheelchair or stroller.

The Department of Motor Vehicles is committed to providing customers with information on alternate modes of transportation and safe measures to incorporate while using them. To heighten the awareness of drivers, bicyclists and walkers, the DMV offers a special area on our website with tips and advice for pedestrian safety and awareness. Visit dmv.ca.gov/about/pedestrian.htm.

Q: Is there a charge to submit a change of address to the DMV?

A: There is no fee to submit a change of address. For faster processing, registered users can change their addresses online at dmv.ca.gov/online/coa/welcome.htm. You can change your residence or mailing address for your license, identification card, vehicle or vessel. But a new card will not be issued, and temporary mailing addresses are not allowed. You can also submit the form by mail; the address is on the bottom of the form.

Q: Do DMV field offices provide a designated counter for disabled persons?

A: Yes. Each DMV field office has such a counter. The “Start Here” counter personnel can direct you to the counter designated with a disabled logo. For more information, visit dmv.ca.gov or call (800) 777-0133.

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