In Pennsylvania, drivers must yield to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk. According to information from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, pedestrians should not walk or run unexpectedly into the path of a moving vehicle, nor should they assume drivers will see or yield. Pedestrians should look left, right, and left again before stepping out.
Tips for Pedestrians
- Cross only at crosswalks. Don’t cross between parked cars.
- Look left, right then left again and keep looking.
- Wait for a gap in traffic, then step one foot off the curb or fully enter crosswalk and make eye contact with approaching drivers.
- Always obey traffic signs and signals especially pedestrian count down timers.
- See and be seen. Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or carry a flashlight at night.
- Watch for turning vehicles at intersections.
- Watch children, as they can’t judge a vehicle’s speed and distance and need the help of an adult to be safe.
- On streets with multiple lanes in each direction, be aware of what drivers in both near lanes are doing.
- If no sidewalk is available, walk as far on the side of the road as possible and always walk against traffic.
- Always be aware of surroundings and never get distracted.
Tips for Motorists
- Slow down when approaching a crosswalk or intersection. Watch for pedestrians and be prepared to yield to them.
- Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks – the law requires motorists to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks at signalized and non-signalized intersections.
- Travel at a prudent speed. Don’t try to beat the light.
- Watch for mid-block crosswalks. Pedestrians have the right-of-way in mid-block crosswalks, so yield to them.
- Expect the unexpected – look out for children who may dart out between cars or buses or cross mid-block without a crosswalk.
- Drivers on streets with multiple lanes in each direction should be aware that pedestrians may be crossing all lanes.