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Responsibilities of a Pedestrian

Though a pedestrian always has the right of way, there are certain responsibilities a pedestrian has to stay safe. For instance, a pedestrian is responsible for obeying control signals for pedestrians. Use of these signals protects you from being hurt when crossing the roadway.  If you come across a control signal that indicates “Don’t Walk” or “Wait”, should not enter the roadway.  Under the rules of the road, you are not authorized to enter the roadway at the time.  Once the signal changes to “Walk”, you may then proceed to cross the roadway.

Responsibilities of a Pedestrian

A pedestrian should always use good judgement and attempt to not interrupt the flow of traffic. When a pedestrian choses to cross the street where there is not a crosswalk, it is called jaywalking. Many cities prohibit jaywalking and you could receive a ticket if caught.

When a control signal indicates that you can “Walk”, you should: STOP and LOOK BOTH WAYS before entering the roadway. Taking the extra time to look can help protect you from inattentive drivers.

The Washington Rule of the Road regarding control signals for pedestrians is as follows:

RCW 46.61.060: Pedestrian control signals.

Whenever pedestrian control signals exhibiting the words "Walk" or the walking person symbol or "Don't Walk" or the hand symbol are operating, the signals shall indicate as follows:

(1) WALK or walking person symbol—Pedestrians facing such signal may cross the roadway in the direction of the signal. Vehicle operators shall stop for pedestrians who are lawfully moving within the intersection control area on such signal as required by RCW 46.61.235(1).

(2) Steady or flashing DON'T WALK or hand symbol—Pedestrians facing such signal shall not enter the roadway. Vehicle operators shall stop for pedestrians who have begun to cross the roadway before the display of either signal as required by RCW 46.61.235(1).

(3) Pedestrian control signals having the "Wait" legend in use on August 6, 1965, shall be deemed authorized signals and shall indicate the same as the "Don't Walk" legend. Whenever such pedestrian control signals are replaced the legend "Wait" shall be replaced by the legend "Don't Walk" or the hand symbol.

To find more Rules of the Road you can go online to:

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