(March 12, 2019)- Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on pedestrian traffic laws.
Florida has the highest pedestrian fatalities from traffic crashes in the nation. Both motorists and pedestrians alike need to do their part to make our roadways safer. Today, we will focus on pedestrians. A pedestrian cannot walk wherever they want to which is contrary to the popular belief that pedestrians always have the right-of-way. This of course doesn’t give a motorist the right to hit a pedestrian but there are things that can help avoid some of these crashes, because no matter who is at fault the pedestrian always loses.
There are laws governing where a pedestrian should walk when on or near the roadway. Pedestrians must obey any official traffic control device - sign, signal or pavement striping - specifically applicable to the pedestrians unless otherwise directed by a police officer.
Where a sidewalk is available, a pedestrian is NOT allowed to walk upon the roadway.
Where sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians shall walk on the shoulder on the left side of the roadway facing traffic……yes, facing traffic.
The pedestrian laws are covered in Florida State Statute 316.130.
A violation of this statute is a noncriminal traffic infraction.
Be alert for pedestrians walking near the roadway and give them the room they need to proceed safely.
REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your concern will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).
CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341