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Traffic Tip: Use sidewalks whenever possible

Feb. 26, 2012 at 11:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2012 at 8:26 p.m.


BY JULIAN HUERTA

This week's Victoria police Department traffic law tip: use of sidewalks.

Sec. 552.006. Use of sidewalk. (a) A pedestrian may not walk along and on a roadway if an adjacent sidewalk is provided and is accessible to the pedestrian.

(b) If a sidewalk is not provided, a pedestrian walking along and on a highway shall if possible walk on:

(1) the left side of the roadway; or

(2) the shoulder of the highway facing oncoming traffic.

(c) The operator of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alley, building, or private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian approaching on a sidewalk extending across the alley, building entrance or exit, road, or driveway.

Why the emphasis on this law?

Many times people assume that vehicle operator's automatically have to yield to pedestrians in all situations.

Vehicle operators as well also make similar assumptions of pedestrians yielding to them.

As you can see, that is not true. A pedestrian cannot simply walk out into the roadway, and a vehicle operator has to yield to pedestrians in certain situations.

The Victoria Police Department reminds everyone to be mindful of each other for everyone's sake.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Sgt. Julian Huerta, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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