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Ask a trooper: Pedestrian/crosswalks

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Police Reports

I had a person run into the crosswalk from the side street, I almost hit him and he got mad at me. Was I in the wrong?

Often our pedestrian safety laws are completely misunderstood. A pedestrian does not have absolute right of way, they must not surprise a driver nor should they cross if there is not enough time for a driver to see them and safely stop.

The law states:

“No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.”

A few other things for drivers and pedestrians to remember:

• Pedestrians must cross with the green light.

• If it is a corner without a crosswalk painted on the roadway we still must give right of way to the Pedestrian as if there is a crosswalk

• Drivers must be diligent scanning for pedestrians

• Drivers are not to stop on crosswalk.

• Drivers are not to proceed until the pedestrian has passed the lane in which the driver is stopped.

•A pedestrian crossing a street at a place other than within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

Coming up to and moving through a crosswalk requires a pedestrian’s full attention, talking on the phone, texting, using a tablet when crossing is very foolish. Just as we drive defensively - we must walk/cross defensively.

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