Florida Law and Crosswalks: Rights of Pedestrians

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Pursuant to Section 316.130, Florida Statutes, the driver of a vehicle at an intersection
that has a traffic control signal in place shall stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian, with a permitted signal, to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and 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.
Furthermore, this same statutes provides that the driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and 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.
There are other statutes in place in Florida that pertain to pedestrians. The most simple way to put it is that vehicles should yield to pedestrians. The weight and force of a vehicle is no match for a person. When driving, take the extra time to slow down and give every deference to a pedestrian especially child pedestrians. You can read more about Section 316.130, Florida Statutes and other laws at the Official Site for the Florida Statutes.

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