October Law of the Month
Yield to Pedestrians
The Law of the month for October will be for yielding the right-of way to pedestrians crossing at uncontrolled intersections or crosswalks. Vehicular traffic in the city has increased over the years. As we drive, it is important to remember to pay attention and look out for pedestrians who are trying to cross increasingly busy roadways.
Keep in mind that if a pedestrian is crossing or intending to cross, even at the very side of the road at an uncontrolled intersection or crosswalk, then the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right of way to that pedestrian.
State Statute 346.24(1) states, “At an intersection or crosswalk where traffic is not controlled by traffic control signals or by a traffic officer, the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian, or to a person riding a bicycle or electric personal assistive mobility device in a manner which is consistent with the safe use of the crosswalk by pedestrians, who is crossing the highway within a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”
State Statute 340.01(75) “Yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian” means the operator of a vehicle is required to reduce speed, or stop if necessary, to avoid endangering, colliding with or interfering in any way with pedestrian travel.
Please help keep our streets safe by paying attention and yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians at uncontrolled intersections or crosswalks.
Lt. Dave LeCaptain
Central District Supervisor