Drivers must be respectful of
pedestrian rights and safety needs. Drivers have a legal responsibility
to yield to pedestrians and exercise care for pedestrian safety
within any marked or unmarked crosswalk.
Crosswalks are present, even
in the absence of painted lines, at intersections. Pedestrians
may legally cross at these unmarked sites, unless signs prohibit
Drivers need to be aware
of other vehicles at crosswalks as well. It is illegal to
bypass a vehicle that has stopped at a crosswalk to allow
a pedestrian to cross the street. Drivers that pass other
stopped vehicles is a common factor cited in many pedestrian
crashes. Pedestrians must identify that vehicles in each travel
lane are yielding before entering that lane.
need to be especially cautious whenever they enter the roadway
since they are less noticeable than vehicles.
Pedestrians are legally entitled
to cross at either a marked or unmarked crosswalk, but should
not abruptly enter the path of an oncoming vehicle that cannot
safely stop. Pedestrians may not obstruct traffic if crossing
To minimize risks when crossing the
street, pedestrians should:
- Stop at the curb and look “left, right, left”
before entering the roadway
- Wear bright colors or reflective material at night
or in the early morning
- Watch for turning vehicles in each lane
- Be conscious of approaching vehicles
- Cross with a group when possible
- Make sure vehicles are yielding before entering
a traffic lane and repeat this caution for each lane
For more information about pedestrian safety tips, go to "Kidsteps"