Pedestrian Laws

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Pedestrian Laws

Pedestrian Laws are not new or random. As a walker I have witnessed both walkers and drivers not understanding the basic laws of the road.

St. George Police Department put up a quick video on crosswalk safety, today and I wanted to share some safety on the road thoughts.

The Pedestrian Laws are for all people to be safe!

  • Pedestrians are only allowed to use designated crosswalks, pedestrian tunnels, and walkways to cross a street unless there is not any of those within a 700 foot distance.
  • If no crosswalk is available, a pedestrian may take the shortest route to cross the street, using caution and yielding to all traffic.
  • Crosswalks are located at all intersections even if there are no lines.
  • Even though pedestrians have the right-of-way, they should not suddenly begin to cross in front of a vehicle that is less than 193 ft from them.
  • Pedestrians should use provided sidewalks along roadways. If sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian wishing to walk along the roadway should do so in the shoulder and walk on the left side facing traffic.
  • Pedestrians should not obstruct or prevent the use of a crosswalks or sidewalks from other pedestrians.

Top 5 Leading Causes of Death On Utah Highways
Speed Too Fast 40%
Failed to Keep in Proper Lane 35%
Unrestrained Occupants 28%
Failed to Yield Right of Way 10%
Distracted and Drunk Driving 10%
You can also check out the laws in the Pedestrian Laws Driver-Handbook-2015

Drivers, A huge help for us are your signals. Believe it or not,

TURN SIGNALS do come standard on your vehicle

Good drivers always signal their intentions well in advance. Signals are required:

  • For two seconds before turning;
  • For two seconds before beginning any lane change;
  • Any time you pull away from a curb;
  • When you intend to slow down or stop. Your brake lights will accomplish this if they are operating properly and can readily be seen; and
  • In addition, most cars have an emergency flasher system for use when your car is disabled on the highway. Use them!

If I know you are turning. I will move quicker to get out of your way or wave you on. If I know KNOW you are going to proceed in your direction… I will feel more confident in crossing a walkway, parallel to your travel.

No working signals? Hand Signals for Stops and Turns


Look, we’re softer than you. Always yield to pedestrians even if they are not in a crosswalk… Even if they are being rude.

PLEASE, do not turn in ‘front’ of a pedestrian crossing in a cross walk. They could break into a run to hurry across and you would squish them! Soft, remember? 🙂 

Be aware of pedestrians crossing at mid-block crosswalks. They may not be marked by warning signs and road markings;
And my PERSONAL pet peeve… Always yield to the visually impaired. When a pedestrian is crossing a street with a guide dog or carrying a white cane, you must come to a complete stop;
Yield to all pedestrians even if the traffic light is green;
When making a right or left turn on red, you must yield to pedestrians;
Watch for pedestrians when driving next to parked or stopped vehicles;
Check for pedestrians before backing, especially in parking lots;
Slow down near playgrounds and in residential areas. Children can run out from between parked vehicles. Be ready to stop quickly; and
In a school zone when lights are flashing or children are present, you must obey a slower speed limit. At school crossings where there is a traffic patrol, stop and yield as signaled.

My Mistake. I was told Bicycles were NEVER allowed on sidewalks… well I admit my error.
They are;
“When riding upon a sidewalk or in a crosswalk, bicyclists have all the rights and duties applicable to pedestrians under the same circumstances. When riding a bicycle on a sidewalk or crosswalk bike riders must ride slowly, must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian, and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.”

Pedestrian Laws Sources:

  1. Article from Law Offices Christensen & Hymas
  2. Article from Law Offices of Robert Debry
  3. Utah Pedestrian Laws Driver-Handbook-2015

Of Course if we all #LoveOneAnother and look out for each other then we needed worry about the exact Pedestrian Laws.

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