Chief Kevin Beach reminds motorists to yield for pedestrian traffic in crosswalks.

Chief Kevin Beach reminds motorists to yield for pedestrian traffic in crosswalks.

Chief Kevin Beach reminds motorists that they must yield to pedestrian traffic that is in a crosswalk.



Section 1151 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law gives pedestrians the right of way while crossing a street in a crosswalk. This same law requires pedestrians to do so safely. The motorist must yield to a pedestrian already in the crosswalk. A pedestrian should only enter in to the crosswalk when it is safe to do so.



Two areas of concern in the City of Rome are on East Dominick St and on Floyd Ave. near MVCC where the Mohawk Trail intersects. The crosswalks are clearly marked in these areas and the pedestrian traffic can be quite heavy at times.



Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians are encouraged to use due caution and to follow the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Laws. See Section 1151 below:




Pedestrians right of way in crosswalks. (a) 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 on the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, except that any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overpass has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles.







(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to yield.







(c) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

 
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