Avoid injury when crossing the street


You may have noticed there are a lot of people, tourist and residents, walking around town this summer. The weather has been great, albeit hot, and it is a perfect time to take a stroll, do some window shopping, or just enjoy the many things that Maine has to offer. 


Maine laws have been enacted to help protect pedestrians from becoming injured while crossing the street. Here are some helpful reminders to keep you safe this summer:


·     Do not walk on the roadway if you can practically walk on an available sidewalk;


·      If you must walk on the roadway walk on the side of the road facing traffic and, on the shoulder, if possible;


·     If there is no operating traffic control devise, i.e. the walk or do not walk signal, a pedestrian has the right of way if you are in the marked crosswalk or if you have a visible intent to enter the marked crosswalk


·     If you are not within the marked crosswalk, you must yield to vehicles that now have the right of way;


·     Do not cross between intersection diagonally or between intersections where traffic-control devises operate, unless it is marked that you may do so; 


·     Do not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that would make it impossible for the vehicle to yield; and


·     Always be alert for vehicles.


ME. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 29 § 2056 (2015). 


There are more rules that govern pedestrians and certainly exceptions to the rule. A blog post cannot convey all the information necessary and each situation is different.