Inattentive Walking Can Be as Deadly as Poor Driving

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

Important reminder to PAY ATTENTION when in a crosswalk.  Too many of us feel “shielded” when we step out into a crosswalk as we think other drivers automatically see us.  However, as pointed out by this Wall Street Journal blog post, “distracted walking” can be as dangerous as “distracted driving”.  

The California Vehicle Code put equal responsibility on both drivers of motor vehicles and pedestrians when it comes to crosswalk safety.  It states as follows:

“21950.  (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(b) This section does not relieve a pedestrian from the duty of using due care for his or her safety. No pedestrian may suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. No pedestrian may unnecessarily stop or delay traffic while in a marked or unmarked crosswalk.”

For more information or assistance with any crosswalk pedestrian mishap go to:


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