Pedestrians Have Right-Of-Way in Crosswalks
PLATTSBURGH, NY __ University Police at the State University of New York College at
Plattsburgh want to remind motorists to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing
any portion of a roadway crosswalk where a traffic signal is not present or operating.
Arlene Sabo, chief of University Police, said that pedestrians have the right-of-way when they enter the roadway crosswalk where a traffic signal is not present or operating.
There are a number of crosswalks throughout campus, especially on Rugar Street, where motorists need to yield to students entering the marked crosswalk.
Sabo also advised pedestrians to adhere to the warning signs on traffic signal devices at marked crosswalks. If a person attempts to cross the roadway when traffic has the right-of-way, they could possibly be injured.
"While pedestrians do have the right-of-way in a crosswalk, they should also be mindful of any on coming vehicles and motorists who do not see them at first. They should not leave a curb and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impractical for the driver to yield," said Sabo.
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