Traffic Tip: Use of sidewalk
By Zac De La Rosa
July 21, 2012 at 2:21 a.m.
Victoria Police Department -Weekly Traffic Law Reminder
This week's traffic law is found in The Texas Transportation Code,
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 particular traffic law?
It should go without saying that walking on the road can be dangerous, but did you know that it may also violate traffic law. Pedestrians should always use the sidewalk if it is available to them. There are many distractions to drivers on the roads these days so do not put yourself in any added danger by walking on the roadway.
If there is not a sidewalk available, walk on the left side of the road so that you are facing the oncoming traffic lane. This will allow you to better see the closest danger, should there be one. And, of course, always remember to look both ways before crossing the roadway or emerging from behind a vehicle.
The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit reminds you to drive and to walk safely. 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.