With school starting soon and more pedestrian traffic occurring, the city continues to make efforts to educate motorists and pedestrians about crosswalk safety. The law states that when a pedestrian enters a crosswalk, drivers must yield the right of way. Those who choose not to comply with this Kansas law risk being fined $110 (includes court fees). The city is asking the public to help keep the community safe by adhering to the following crosswalk safety tips:
• Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections.
• Be prepared to stop at all marked crosswalks. Stay alert and reduce speed in areas with crosswalks.
• Be alert for bicyclists and skateboarders whose approaches to the crosswalk may be much swifter than those of pedestrians. (Bicycles and skateboards should not be ridden when using a crosswalk.)
• Be mindful of pedestrians with physical challenges that aren’t able to detect oncoming traffic.
• 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’re in before resuming travel.
• Never pass another vehicle that has stopped or is slowing down at a marked or unmarked crosswalk.
• Never assume that crosswalks ensure your safety.
• Be wary and make eye contact with drivers before crossing. – Do not step into the path of oncoming traffic that does not have sufficient time to yield.
• Look left, right, and left again before and while crossing the street.
For more information, visit www.gardnerkansas.gov/crosswalksafety