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When do pedestrians have the right of way?

As a driver on California roads, you have a responsibility. You have to obey road laws to keep yourself and others safe. You also have to watch out for those on the roads who are not in vehicles, including bicyclists and pedestrians. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable, which is why there are specific laws about how you are to interact with them.

According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, the best way to keep pedestrians safe is to honor their right of way. Pedestrians have the right of way when they are in a crosswalk or on a sidewalk. You should always stop to let pedestrians finishing crossing the street in any case. You also need to pay attention to signs that indicate pedestrian traffic. Stay aware for them in the roadway and stop as needed.

Pedestrians also have some responsibility when walking on roadways. If you are walking and need to cross the street, you should always look for traffic first. If there is a vehicle, you should make eye contact with the driver to ensure he or she sees you before starting to cross. You should then cross as quickly as possible.

Pedestrians are kept safe when both they and drivers pay attention. Crossing the roadway is the most dangerous time for a pedestrian, so it requires everyone to be especially alert. If both drivers and pedestrians are aware of each other, it can stop serious accidents. This information is for education purposes only and is not legal advice.

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