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and Pedestrians urged to obey the crosswalk law
--- Pedestrian traffic is on the rise during summer months and
the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) is urging
motorists and pedestrians to obey the Minnesota crosswalk law,
a law designed to prevent driver and pedestrian collisions.
key elements are provided to better understand the Minnesota Statute
2005, Chapter 169.21, the crosswalk law:
traffic control signals are not in place or in operation, a
driver must stop when a pedestrian is in the crosswalk. In this
type of situation, a driver can proceed once the pedestrian
has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.
a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an intersection
with no marked crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross the
roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the
rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.
pedestrian must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching.
There is no defined distance but the pedestrian must use common
safety sense. The law states: "No pedestrian shall suddenly
leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the
path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for
the driver to yield."
crossings with traffic control signals, pedestrians shall be
subject to obey the traffic signals.
crossing a roadway at a point other than within a marked crosswalk
or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk shall yield the
right of way to all vehicles on the roadway.
or a person in a wheelchair using the shoulder of the road shall
walk or move along the left side of the roadway facing oncoming
traffic. Where sidewalks are provided and accessible and usable
it shall be unlawful for a pedestrian or person in a wheelchair
to use the roadway.
all drivers and pedestrians to exercise due caution to avoid collisions.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are also urged to wear reflective clothing,
or reflective arm and leg bands during low light situations or
when using the road shoulders.
For more information
on pedestrian safety, log on to http://www.dot.state.mn.us/peds.html.
Public Affairs Coordinator
Bemidji / Crookston
3920 Highway 2 West
Bemidji, MN 56601
Road Condition Information: www.511mn.org