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Traffic Tip: Emerging from an alley, driveway, or building

By By Zac De La Rosa
April 21, 2012 at 9:04 p.m.
Updated April 20, 2012 at 11:21 p.m.


This week's traffic law is found in The Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 545.256. Emerging from an alley, driveway, or building.

An operator emerging from an alley, driveway, or building in a business or residence district shall:

(1) stop the vehicle before moving on a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across an alley or driveway;

(2) yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian to avoid collision; and

(3) on entering the roadway, yield the right-of-way to an approaching vehicle.

Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.

Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?

Drivers should always be conscious of pedestrians and other vehicles when exiting a parking lot. By stopping the vehicle every time before entering the roadway, a driver can observe traffic flow on the roadway to safely enter the street. One should also keep in mind the speed limit of the roadway being entered as fast approaching vehicles will close the distance faster and may cause a collision. Remember to give yourself plenty of room to pick up speed and merge with the flow of traffic safely.

The Victoria Police Department reminds you to drive safe, and obey all the traffic laws. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Patrol Officer Zac De La Rosa, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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