ST. GEORGE – Recently, St George Police officers worked at various crosswalks throughout St George focusing their efforts on crosswalk safety. These locations included crosswalks at north Dixie Drive, south Main Street, 700 south, and others. Officers issued 19 citations to drivers who did not yield to pedestrians who were trying to cross the street.
Officers spoke with pedestrians who were grateful for the enforcement, while most of the drivers were not.
Crosswalk safety is especially important to the St George Police Department.
The following are a few safety tips for drivers and pedestrians in regards to crosswalks:
- Yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks and at intersections.
- Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.
- Come to a complete stop if pedestrians are crossing or preparing to cross.
- Wait until pedestrians have crossed at least one lane past the lane you are in before resuming travel.
- Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a crosswalk.
- Put your phone away and never drive distracted.
- Always cross at marked crosswalks.
- Obey any pedestrian signals and look left right left. By doing this you insure that the road is clear in both directions before crossing.
- If a vehicle approaches, make eye contact with the driver to be sure they see you before you cross.
- Look before walking past stopped vehicles. Do not cross just because a driver waves you on. Be sure all lanes are clear first.
- A pedestrian may not 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.
Utah State Code 41-6a-1002 states:
“The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way by slowing down or stopping if necessary: (i) to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling; or (ii) when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.”
The St George Police Department asks all pedestrians and drivers to be especially vigilant in regards to crosswalk safety. It only takes a few seconds to follow these guidelines, which may save a life.
Submitted by: The St. George Police Department
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