Walkers Warned: Obey the Law or Pay the Price

By: Kristen Ross Email
By: Kristen Ross Email

If you're ever around the Northgate area, especially on game weekends, you've probably noticed pedestrians crossing University Drive.

But those who choose to cross illegally have caught the eye of the city.

Starting tomorrow, College Station police will start issuing traffic citations to anyone breaking pedestrian traffic laws, which includes not using a crosswalk.

The move comes several weeks after a pedestrian was seriously injured in the Northgate area, after being hit by a vehicle.

In that same area, another pedestrian was killed last year.

According to police some of the most common pedestrian problems are:

-Crossing mid-block, especially in the Northgate area .
-Using marked crosswalks, but crossing against cross signals, such as walking when the sign says don't cross.
-And failing to yield the right of way to vehicles when the vehicles in fact have the right of way.

Listed below are the Texas Transportation Code sections that represent some of the most common pedestrian traffic violations observed by officers.

Transportation Code Chapter 552 - Pedestrians

552.002 - Pedestrian Right of Way If Control Signal Present
(a) A pedestrian control signal displaying "Walk," "Don't Walk," or "Wait" applies to a pedestrian as provided by this section.
(b) A pedestrian facing a "Walk" signal may proceed across a roadway in the direction of the signal, and the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to the pedestrian.
(c) A pedestrian may not start to cross a roadway in the direction of a "Don't Walk" signal or a "Wait" signal. A pedestrian who has partially crossed while the "Walk" signal is displayed shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety island while the "Don't Walk" signal or "Wait" signal is displayed.

552.003 - Pedestrian Right-Of-Way at Crosswalk
(a) The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway in a crosswalk if:
(1) no traffic control signal is in place or in operation; and
(2) the pedestrian is:
(A) on the half of the roadway in which the vehicle is traveling; or
(B) approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway
as to be in danger.
(b) Notwithstanding Subsection (a), a pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and proceed into a crosswalk in the path of a vehicle so close that it is impossible for the vehicle operator to yield.
(c) The operator of a vehicle approaching from the rear of a vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk to permit a pedestrian to cross a roadway may not pass the stopped vehicle.

552.005 - Crossing at Point Other Than Crosswalk
(a) A pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle on the highway if crossing a roadway at a place:
(1) other than in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection; or
(2) where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided.
(b) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, a pedestrian may cross only in a marked crosswalk.
(c) A pedestrian may cross a roadway intersection diagonally only if and in the manner authorized by a traffic control device.

552.006 - Use of Sidewalk
(a) A pedestrian may not walk along and on a roadway if an adjacent sidewalk is provided and is accessible to the pedestrian.
(b) If a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian walking along and on a highway shall if possible walk on:
(1) the left side of the roadway; or
(2) the shoulder of the highway facing oncoming traffic.
(c) The operator of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alley, building, or private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian approaching on a sidewalk extending across the alley, building entrance or exit, road, or driveway.


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