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Crosswalk Signs and Regulations

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Crosswalk Ahead

These signs warn drivers of school crossing and crosswalk locations on the street ahead. Upon seeing these signs, drivers should use caution approaching the crosswalk and prepare to slow or stop to yield to pedestrians.

 Crosswalk Here

These signs, along with the arrows, are used to indicate the exact location of a crosswalk to drivers. These signs are to remind drivers of the locations of mid-block crosswalks and school crosswalks. Drivers should be prepared to slow or stop in order to yield the right of way to pedestrians at these locations. Drivers also must yield the right of way to pedestrians at any crosswalk located at intersections controlled by stop signs and traffic signals.

Kansas traffic regulations require that:

  • Drivers shall yield the right-of-way, by slowing down or stopping, to pedestrians entering or crossing streets within a crosswalk
  • Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the street, other drivers approaching from the rear are prohibited from passing the stopped vehicle
  • No drivers or pedestrians shall fail or refuse to comply with directions of uniformed school crossing guards

Several related ordinances are specific to the actions of pedestrians. For instance:

  • Pedestrians are prohibited from suddenly leaving a curb and entering the path of an oncoming vehicle
  • Pedestrians are prohibited from crossing intersections diagonally unless within a crosswalk
  • Between adjacent intersections with traffic-control signals pedestrians shall only cross in marked crosswalks

Tips for pedestrians:

  • Always cross at marked crosswalks or intersections
  • Wait for gaps in traffic before attempting to cross streets
  • Wait for vehicles to stop before entering the street
  • Watch for turning vehicles and make sure the drivers see you before crossing
  • Be wary- look left, right, and left again before crossing a street
  • Don’t rely on pedestrian signals- look for vehicles before crossing the street
  • Prevent Pedestrian Crashes Guide (PDF)