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Pedestrian Law

Pedestrians should remember – Be Safe. Be Seen.

When you are a pedestrian, you are more difficult to see on the road.

If you are on or near a roadway, especially at dawn or at dusk, consider wearing retro-reflective clothing to help increase your chances of being seen by motorists.

As a pedestrian, you must:

  • Follow any and all traffic control devices and traffic regulations.
  • Follow any and all local regulations.
  • Yield to traffic before crossing when there is not a crosswalk.
  • Follow any crossing signs or control devices.
  • Stay on the sidewalk if one is present.
  • Avoid freeways.
  • Walk as near as possible to the outside edge of the roadway.
    • If you are on a two-way roadway, walk only on the left side of the roadway when neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder are available.
  • Do not stand in the roadway.
  • Yield to emergency vehicles.
  • Stay off the roadway if you are dangerously intoxicated.
  • Stay off of bridges or railways where signals are present to warn off traffic.

For more information on laws pertaining to pedestrians, please visit Code of Laws - Title 56 - Chapter 5 - Uniform Act Regulating Traffic On Highways, Article 25.