School will be starting September 1st and we are addressing Crosswalk safety. Crosswalks are often used in conjunction with school zones and school crossing guards to keep children safe when crossing the street as they go to and from school.
These areas include marked crosswalks at intersections, unmarked intersections, and marked crosswalks in the middle of a block; which are often posted with signs and flashing amber lights.
Standard Traffic Ordinance (STO) Sec 64 (a) & (b) on Crosswalks states-
- 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 entering or crossing the roadway within a crosswalk.
- 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 as to constitute an immediate hazard.
Please drive safely, and watch out for children making their way to and from school. Remember to yield right-of-way, not only to children in a crosswalk but any pedestrian you encounter in the crosswalk as you drive the streets of McPherson.