Pedestrians crossing highways have the right-of-way
In the Commonwealth of Virginia, aka state, and in the specific neighborhoods of the Nation’s capital, observe that pedestrians are under constant attack by speeding, unobservant, and otherwise inconsiderate drivers who attempt to run over pedestrians.
I often try to capture some of these encounters on film. I have been known to throw newspapers onto the windshield of cars attempting to mow me down as I have before jumped on a hood of a passing car scaring the hell out of the simpleton driver.
As my wife would ask, “Who is the simpleton?”
§ 46.2-924. Drivers to stop for pedestrians; installation of certain signs; penalty.
A. The driver of any vehicle on a highway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing such highway:
1. At any clearly marked crosswalk, whether at mid-block or at the end of any block;
2. At any regular pedestrian crossing included in the prolongation of the lateral boundary lines of
the adjacent sidewalk at the end of a block;
3. At any intersection when the driver is approaching on a highway or street where the legal
maximum speed does not exceed 35 miles per hour.
B. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection A of this section, at intersections or crosswalks
where the movement of traffic is being regulated by law-enforcement officers or traffic control
devices, the driver shall yield according to the direction of the law-enforcement officer or device.
No pedestrian shall enter or cross an intersection in disregard of approaching traffic.
The drivers of vehicles entering, crossing, or turning at intersections shall change their course, slow down, or stop if necessary to permit pedestrians to cross such intersections safely and expeditiously.
Pedestrians crossing highways at intersections shall at all time have the right-of-way over vehicles making turns into the highways being crossed by the pedestrians.”
June 17th, 2010 | Author: ARLnow.com
A pedestrian was struck by a Envirocab taxi just before noon today. It happened just outside the Nordstrom at Pentagon City mall.
The cab driver remained on scene and was talking to police. At one point he showed officers a small dent and scratches on the front passenger’s side bumper.
The victim was taken to a local hospital via ambulance. His or her condition is unknown.”
March 5th, 2010 | Author: ARLnow.com
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on N. Glebe Road and Pershing Drive around 10:00 Thursday night. The victim’s injuries may be life-threatening, authorities said.
Police said the victim was unconscious and bleeding from the head when they arrived.
A sobriety test was performed on the driver of the striking vehicle. It’s unclear whether the driver will face any charges.”