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New Pedestrian Law

The Driver of a vehicle shall STOP and yield the right of way, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.  The fine for violating this law is $97.

Restrictions on Pedestrians Crossing Roadways

1)   No pedestrian shall enter any marked or unmarked crosswalk or part thereof when vehicular traffic is so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard, nor shall any pedestrian enter any marked or unmarked crosswalk where traffic signs forbid such entry.

2)   No pedestrian shall cross any roadway within any business district except within a marked or unmarked crosswalk, nor any roadway in any residence district within 200 feet of any intersection except in a marked or unmarked crosswalk at such intersection.

Pedestrian Control Signals

Whenever special pedestrian control signals, exhibiting the words “Walk” or “Don’t Walk” or the symbols of a walking person or an upraised palm are in place such signals shall indicate as follows:

(1)  Walk or Walking Person.  Pedestrians facing such signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal and shall be given the right of way by the drivers of all vehicles. 

(2)  Don’t Walk or Upraised Palm.  No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of such signal, whether flashing or steady, but any pedestrian who has partially completed the pedestrian’s crossing on the Walk or Walking Person signal shall complete the crossing to a sidewalk or safety island while the Don’t Walk or Upraised Palm signal is showing. 

(3)  Pedestrians shall obey instructions on any traffic-control device specifically applicable, unless otherwise directed by a police officer. 

(4)  Please see attachment on samples of instructions to cross at control signal lights.

Pedestrians to Use Right Half of Crosswalks

Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of crosswalks.

Crossing at Other Than Crosswalks

(1)    Pedestrians intending to cross 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.

(2)    Between two adjacent intersections that have traffic-control signals in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except within a marked crosswalk.

(3)    No pedestrian shall cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized by traffic-control devices, and shall do so only in accordance with traffic-control devices pertaining to such movements.

Pedestrians on Roadway

(1)    Where sidewalks are provided, it is unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon adjacent roadway, bicycle lane, or bicycle path.

(2)    Where sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians walking along and upon any roadway, when practical, walk only on the left side of the roadway or it’s shoulder facing traffic from the opposite direction.

Pedestrians’ Right of Way on Sidewalks

The driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alley, building, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk extending across the ally, building entrance, road, or driveway.

Penalty for Violating Pedestrians Laws

The penalty for pedestrians violating these laws is $70.


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