Pedestrians' Rights and Duties

300.370-Pedestrians subject to traffic control devices.

Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic control signals as heretofore declared in sections 300.155 and 300.160 of this ordinance, but at all other places pedestrians shall be granted those rights and be subject to the restrictions stated in sections 300.370 to 300.410.

300.375-Pedestrians' right of way in Crosswalks

  • When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
  • No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
  • Subsection 1 shall not apply under the conditions stated in subsection 2 of section 300.390.
  • Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.

300.380-Pedestrians to use right half of cross walks

Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of cross walks.

300.385-Crossing at right angles.

No pedestrian shall cross the roadway at any place other than by a route at right angles to the curb or by the shortest route to the opposite curb except in a cross walk.

300.390-When pedestrian shall yield.

  • Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked cross walk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
  • Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
  • The foregoing rules in this section have no application under the conditions stated in section 300.395 when pedestrians are prohibited from crossing at certain designated places.

300.395-Prohibited crossing

  • Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a cross walk.
  • No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than in a crosswalk in any business district.
  • No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than in a crosswalk upon any street designated by ordinance.
  • No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.

300.400-Obedience of pedestrians to bridge and railroad signals

  • No pedestrian shall enter or remain upon any bridge or approach thereto beyond the bridge signal, gate, or barrier after a bridge operation signal indication has been given.
  • No pedestrian shall pass through, around, over, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad grade crossing or bridge while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

300.405-Pedestrians walking along roadways

  • Where sidewalks are provided it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
  • Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall when practicable walk only on the left side of the roadway or it's shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction.

300.410-Drivers to exercise highest degree of care.

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of sections 300.155 to 300.410, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise the highest degree of care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.