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Pedestrian Crossing the RoadwayIf you see a pedestrian crossing the roadway in a marked or unmarked crosswalk, a driver is to stop and wait until the pedestrian has safely crossed. If there is no marked or unmarked crosswalk then a pedestrian is to yield the right of way to the vehicle. Bicyclists are to yield to pedestrians. A pedestrian or bicyclist is not to suddenly leave a curb or move in the path of a vehicle where it is impossible for the vehicle to stop.

Whether you are a driver, bicyclist, or pedestrian you have specific duties and responsibilities under the law that you must comply with.  To learn more, review the Rules of the Road for Washington here:  http://app.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.

The rules regarding duties for a pedestrian crossing the roadway are as follows:

RCW 46.61.235: Crosswalks.

  1. The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section “half of the roadway” means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway.
  2. No pedestrian or bicycle shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk, run, or otherwise move into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to stop.
  3. Subsection (1) of this section does not apply under the conditions stated in RCW 46.61.240(2).
  4. Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
  5. If a person is found to have committed an infraction under this section within a school, playground, or crosswalk speed zone created under RCW 46.61.440, the person must be assessed a monetary penalty equal to twice the penalty assessed under RCW 46.63.110. The penalty may not be waived, reduced, or suspended.
  6. Fifty percent of the moneys collected under this subsection must be deposited into the school zone safety account.

RCW 46.61.240: Crossing at other than crosswalks.

  1. Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
  2. Where curb ramps exist at or adjacent to intersections or at marked crosswalks in other locations, disabled persons may enter the roadway from the curb ramps and cross the roadway within or as closely as practicable to the crosswalk. All other pedestrian rights and duties as defined elsewhere in this chapter remain applicable.
  3. Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
  4. Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
  5. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
  6. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at an unmarked crosswalk where an official sign prohibits such crossing.

RCW 46.61.261: Sidewalks, crosswalks—Pedestrians, bicycles.

  1. The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian or bicycle on a sidewalk. The rider of a bicycle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian on a sidewalk or crosswalk.
  2. If a person is found to have committed an infraction under this section within a school, playground, or crosswalk speed zone created under RCW 46.61.440, the person must be assessed a monetary penalty equal to twice the penalty assessed under RCW 46.63.110. The penalty may not be waived, reduced, or suspended.
  3. Fifty percent of the moneys collected under this subsection must be deposited into the school zone safety account.

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