Crosswalk Laws

  • Who has the right-of-way at a crosswalk?

    (A) The operator of a vehicle shall yeild 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 vehicle so close that it is impossible for the vehicle operator to yeild. 

    (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. 

  • What are a pedestrian's responsibilities for crossing outside a crosswalk?

    (A) A pedestrian shall yeild 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. 

  • What does the law say about sidewalks? 

    (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. 

  • Do drivers have to watch for pedestrians? 

    Notwithstanding another provision of this chapter, the operator of a vehicle shall: 

    • (1) exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian on a roadway; 
    • (2) give warning by sounding the horn when necessary; and 
    • (3) exercise proper precaution on observing a child or an obviously confused or incapacitated person on a roadway.