Right of Way in the Crosswalk
Walking across the street is one of the most basic functions of life in a big city or small town, but can also be the most dangerous activity done each day.
In order to arm advocates, America Walks and the law firm Swanson, Thomas, Coon, and Netwon have developed:
- Article that describes successful legal reforms
- Legal database of state laws pertaining to crossing the street (in a downloadable XLS document).
Overview of the Legal Problem and Solutions
In virtually every state, law enforcement lack the tools to enforce crosswalk laws because there is no “legal trigger” to make the cars stop, other than actually walking out into the street (killing zone).
In Oregon 2011, an unusual partnership of activists created and successfully passed into law a definition that allows a pedestrian, or bicyclist, to make the cars stop without entering the killing zone. They did not “change” the pedestrian law’s language, rather added a short legally enforceable definition including the key concepts we needed.