Sharing Sidewalks and Roads
In part 1 of this post, we discussed New York traffic laws for pedestrians.
Now, we will look at the second half of the sections dealing with pedestrians and explain what each one means. You should only use this as a general explanation of these laws, and speak to a knowledgeable attorney if you have specific questions or need legal advice.
Traffic Code Section 1153 – Traffic must yield to blind pedestrians
This section deals with blind or visually impaired pedestrians on the road. Vehicles approaching a crosswalk or intersection must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian crossing or entering the roadway who has a guide dog or uses a cane that is metallic or white in color. It goes on to indicate that no one who is not blind or visually impaired is allowed to use a cane that is metallic or white in color. In other words, people cannot pretend to be blind just to skip traffic. It is not mandatory for a blind person to use a guide dog or appropriate cane—this section merely indicates how drivers must act around those who do use them.
Traffic Code Section 1155 – Pedestrians must use the right side of the sidewalk
In this section, pedestrians are instructed to use the right half of the sidewalk. Pedestrians are expected to share sidewalks with others going the opposite direction in much the same way as a vehicle driving on the right side of the road would.
Traffic Code Section 1156 – When pedestrians must use a roadway
Pedestrians are not allowed to walk in the road when sidewalks are available and can be used safely. If there are no sidewalks available, or they are obstructed, then pedestrians can walk on the left side of the road, facing traffic that is approaching. When a vehicle approaches, pedestrians must move as far left as possible to allow the vehicle to pass safely.
Traffic Code Section 1157 – Pedestrians must not enter a road to solicit a ride or business
This final section indicates that pedestrians cannot enter or stand in the road when soliciting a ride from a bus or taxi. Pedestrians are also not allowed to enter the road to buy from or sell anything to the occupant of a vehicle.
Even if you follow proper traffic laws, someone else’s negligence can still get you hurt. If you or someone you know has been injured in a pedestrian accident, call us at Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP, right now at (212) 986-7353.