According to Pasco County residents, drivers in and around the Mitchell Ranch Plaza need a refresher course on the rules of the road.
If you pick up a copy of the Florida Drivers Handbook, you’ll read this as it pertains to pedestrian safety and crosswalks:
“The driver of a vehicle at an intersection that has a traffic control signal in place shall stop before entering the crosswalk and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian, with a permitted signal, to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.”
However, many residents claim that traffic does not always stop for pedestrians using the crosswalk .
Florida Highway Patrol Sgt. Steve Gaskins reminds drivers they are required to stop.
“Pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk unless directed by signals not to cross,” he said.
Drivers who do not yield right-of-way face the possibility of a $62.50 fine.
When someone is injured or worse, killed, in a Pasco County crosswalk accident, those who have been harmed may have legal options that include the filing of a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit with the help of our Citrus County Auto Accident Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton. In order to file such a legal suit, there are many factors that rely on the specifics of the accident. These specifics will determine who the at-fault party is and what, if any, legal recourse is available.
Crosswalks in the state of Florida are governed by basic traffic laws. Pedestrians are allowed to cross the streets inside these crosswalks and when a traffic signal allows them with the opportunity to cross. At intersections where there is no electronic traffic signal, pedestrians should look both ways for oncoming traffic and only cross inside the crosswalk when it is safe to do so. Once a pedestrian has reasonably entered a crosswalk, they then have the right-of-way and other travelers are expected to yield.