Law Enforcement

Strengthen Street-Crossing Ordinances

This tactic entails amending existing state vehicle and traffic statutes to give pedestrians a way to signal to oncoming traffic that they intend to cross before having to step into the roadway.

Guidance
  • Retain all pedestrian right-of-way statute language
  • Add a definition of “crossing the roadway” to the definitions section of vehicle and traffic laws
  • Clarify and expand the definition of “crossing the roadway” to mean when any part or extension of a pedestrian—eg., foot, cane tip, wheelchair, leashed animal, or crutch—moves into the roadway and the pedestrian intends to cross
  • Create a strategic coalition with nontraditional partners, including the disabled community, seniors, advocates for the blind, and dogwalkers
Benefits
  • Allows pedestrians to exercise their right-of-way without putting themselves in the path of oncoming vehicles
  • Teaches safe pedestrian practices to children and seniors
  • Clarifies the law for police officers
Considerations
  • Legal fees to create the statute amendment
  • Resource requirements to advocate for the amendment and build legislative support
Where to Use It
  • Local legislature or ordinance
  • State legislature
Professional Consensus
  • In the absence of endorsements from national associations or governmental departments, cities are turning to best practices employed by other municipalities
Examples

Portland, OR

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