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.