PEDESTRIAN LAWS and CROSSING THE STREETS

PEDESTRIAN LAWS and CROSSING THE STREETS

It has come to our attention that most pedestrians chose not to know the laws for Pedestrians and the roadway. It is the responsibility of every person to know the traffic laws and how they apply. These laws do not change for the big city, small towns or county’s. They are constant and the same throughout our state.

It has become common for most of the pedestrians in the Town, and throughout several small towns, to believe that the Pedestrian has the right-of-way. This is because most drivers and pedestrians believe that the signs set up in the middle of the streets or intersections are there to protect the Pedestrian and to stop traffic for the Pedestrian.  This is NOT TRUE. For the most part the sign tells the motoring public that there might be pedestrians crossing the streets and to yield to them when they are in their lane of travel.

For those who believe the pedestrian has the right-a-way at all times you are wrong.  The PEDESTRIAN is no different than a motor vehicle that is stopped, awaiting an opening to enter into traffic or to cross the roadway. The PEDESTRIAN must wait for an opening in traffic to begin crossing the street. The same way a motor vehicle must wait for an opening. There must be sufficient room and time to begin the crossing without making traffic stop abruptly or needlessly. Once there is sufficient room for the PEDESTRIAN to cross, they are then allowed to step off the sidewalk and begin their crossing. The only traffic the must stop for them is when the PEDESTRIAN is about to enter into their lane of travel or is in their lane of travel. Once the PEDESTRIAN has crossed that lane of travel traffic is free to start moving again.

For the Pedestrian that steps off the curb and into traffic without waiting for an opening they are civilly and criminally liable and will be charge for any accident they cause and/or any other traffic laws they violate. The Pedestrian signs do not give any pedestrian the right-of-way. You certainly would not cross a busy Denver street this way. The law is State wide and does not change from town to city.

Colorado Pedestrian Laws 42-4-801 thru 42-4-808

Law 42-4-802 (1) When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

(3) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and ride a bicycle, ride an electrical assisted bicycle, walk, or run into the path of a moving vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

Law 42-4-803 (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) 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.

PLEASE BE SAFE AND LOOK BOTH WAYS BEFORE CROSSING ANY STREET