Traffic Tip: Pedestrians don't always have right of way
This week's traffic tip is in regard to the Texas Transportation Code 552.005.
Sec. 552.005. Crossing at point other than crosswalk. (a) A pedestrian shall yield the right of way to a vehicle on the highway if crossing a roadway at a place:
(1) other than in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection; or
(2) where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided.
(b) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, a pedestrian may cross only in a marked crosswalk.
(c) A pedestrian may cross a roadway intersection diagonally only if and in the manner authorized by a traffic control device.
Why this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?
There is a common misconception that "pedestrians always have the right of way" on a roadway. In fact, pedestrians do not always have the right of way. I wanted to remind everyone that they should use crosswalks when possible. Even when you use the crosswalks, it is still wise to pay attention. Also, there are no intersections in Victoria city limits with traffic control devices allowing a pedestrian to cross a roadway or intersection diagonally.
The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe. The easiest way to do this is go to our website, victoriapd.com, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.
If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, at 361-485-3700.