With back to school around the corner, the City of Douglas would like to remind everyone to be mindful of pedestrians while driving. Drivers must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians under the Georgia Crosswalk Law that has been in effect since 1995.
“More children and adults will be using sidewalks and crosswalks during the year,” says City Manager Charles Davis. “We want everyone to avoid a ticket and save lives while being more observant while driving.”
Georgia codes say drivers must stay stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross the roadway. It is illegal for drivers to “squeeze by”, drive around, or cut off a pedestrian in a crosswalk, even if there is room. Yielding is not an option. No pedestrian should suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk/run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impractical for the driver to yield. Crosswalks exist at most intersections whether or not they are marked by painted lines.
Pedestrians and drivers are often confused by the meaning of a flashing “don’t walk” signal. For pedestrians, it means do not start crossing. It does not give drivers who are turning at a green light, the right of way. Drivers still must stop and wait for pedestrians to cross the adjacent sidewalks. At adjacent intersections with traffic control signals in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk. If a pedestrian walks outside of a crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield to traffic.
For more information about drivers and pedestrian safety, please visit the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety website.