DONE - Pedestrian Safety

Always pay special attention to the most vulnerable of all roadway users: pedestrians and bicyclists. They depend on your constant attention and consideration for their safety. Drivers have to do anything possible to protect pedestrians from colliding with a moving motor vehicle. Also, you may not stop a motor vehicle unnecessarily in any manner that blocks a marked, or unmarked, crosswalk.

Bicyclists and pedestrians are also bound by traffic laws, pedestrian control signals, and these rules:

  • Never cross the street between two intersections. Crossing in the middle of the block is much more dangerous than simply walking to the next crosswalk. 
  • If you are forced to cross the street at a point other than a crosswalk, an intersection, a pedestrian tunnel, or pedestrian overpass, you must yield the right-of-way to every other vehicle.
  • Use sidewalks whenever available and avoid walking in the street. If there are no sidewalks, walk against the flow of traffic.
  • No person may stand in the roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride, contributions, or business.
  • When crossing at a crosswalk, keep to your right so that everyone using the crosswalk can do so quickly and safely.
  • Blind, partially blind, or disabled persons may carry a white cane while walking.
  • It is illegal for anyone else to display such a cane on public streets or highways.
  • Never suddenly walk or run into the street. It may be impossible for an oncoming driver to avoid hitting you.
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as motor vehicles, are prohibited from crossing a railroad or rail transit-crossing gate while the gate is closed.

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