Under the Washington rules of the road, driving upon a sidewalk or sidewalk area is illegal with limited common-sense exceptions. You are permitted to drive on a sidewalk only upon a permanent or authorized temporary driveway, and when pulling out onto the road from a lot or alleyway, or building. When pulling out from an alley, driveway, or building onto a street, the rules of the road for Washington requires you to stop before the sidewalk and yield to pedestrians. Only once you have stopped and made sure there are no pedestrians in the way, may you continue across the sidewalk to pull out to the street. When pulling out from a driveway, parking lot, or building, be sure to also yield the right of way to any oncoming vehicles. This rule applies to any vehicle, including motorcycles. Driving upon a sidewalk can endanger pedestrians, children, animals, and can cause significant property damage. The resulting injuries and damage can mean thousands in property costs, as well as extensive and possibly permanent injuries.
RCW 46.61.606: Driving on sidewalk prohibited—Exception.
No person shall drive any vehicle upon a sidewalk or sidewalk area except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.
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