Consider The Repercussions

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Editor:

There is nothing wrong with Donna Lanphear’s statement that “When you (drivers) try to run down pedestrians in an “unmarked crosswalk,” consider the repercussions.

How a letter writer got the idea that crossing at the intersection of Highway 87 and Airport Road is jaywalking is wrong. Here is the Arizona statute that is very clear about a pedestrian crossing a roadway:

28-793. Crossing at other than crosswalk

A. A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway.

B. A 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 on the roadway.

C. Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.

There is another reference to unmarked crosswalks here:

28-792. Right-of-way at crosswalk

A. ... the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be in order to yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway on 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. A pedestrian shall not suddenly leave any curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

B. If a vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of another vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.

So everyone be sure and stop for every pedestrian, especially those in unmarked crosswalks that you don’t believe in because if you hit them you will be at fault for breaking the law and will lose.

Teel McClanahan

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