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Washington Law for CrosswalksWashington law for crosswalks states when a pedestrian or bicyclist is attempting to cross a roadway in a marked crosswalk or other designated crossing area, such as a street corner with no marked crosswalk, the driver of any vehicle is legally required to yield to that bicyclist or pedestrian. Because pedestrians and cyclists are more likely to be killed or severely injured in an accident, Washington law generally places the duty on drivers to yield to pedestrians and cyclists. However, if a pedestrian or cyclist is crossing outside the marked crosswalk or designated crossing area, then the pedestrian or bicyclist is required to yield to motorists.

RCW 46.61.235: Crosswalks.

  1. The operator of an approaching vehicle shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway within an unmarked or marked crosswalk when the pedestrian or bicycle is upon or within one lane of the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or onto which it is turning. For purposes of this section “half of the roadway” means all traffic lanes carrying traffic in one direction of travel, and includes the entire width of a one-way roadway.
  2. No pedestrian or bicycle shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk, run, or otherwise move into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to stop.
  3. Subsection (1) of this section does not apply under the conditions stated in RCW 46.61.240(2).
  4. Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian or bicycle to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
  5. If a person is found to have committed an infraction under this section within a school, playground, or crosswalk speed zone created under RCW 46.61.440, the person must be assessed a monetary penalty equal to twice the penalty assessed under RCW 46.63.110. The penalty may not be waived, reduced, or suspended.
  6. Fifty percent of the moneys collected under this subsection must be deposited into the school zone safety account.

RCW 46.61.240: Crossing at other than crosswalks.

  1. Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
  2. Where curb ramps exist at or adjacent to intersections or at marked crosswalks in other locations, disabled persons may enter the roadway from the curb ramps and cross the roadway within or as closely as practicable to the crosswalk. All other pedestrian rights and duties as defined elsewhere in this chapter remain applicable.
  3. Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
  4. Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
  5. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
  6. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at an unmarked crosswalk where an official sign prohibits such crossing.

RCW 46.61.261: Sidewalks, crosswalks—Pedestrians, bicycles.

  1. The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian or bicycle on a sidewalk. The rider of a bicycle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian on a sidewalk or crosswalk.
  2. If a person is found to have committed an infraction under this section within a school, playground, or crosswalk speed zone created under RCW 46.61.440, the person must be assessed a monetary penalty equal to twice the penalty assessed under RCW 46.63.110. The penalty may not be waived, reduced, or suspended.
  3. Fifty percent of the moneys collected under this subsection must be deposited into the school zone safety account.

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