CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. – Drivers who fail to yield to people trying to cross a busy New City street can expect to be ticketed, say Clarkstown police.
Police responded with the crackdown after receiving numerous complaints from pedestrians who say they are taking their lives in their hands each time they use the crosswalks on Main Street.
According to police, New York state records show a high number of pedestrian-car accidents that involve injuries, and even death, every year.
But, they remind the public, vehicle and traffic laws exist to protect motorist and pedestrian alike.
Generally pedestrians are given the right of way unless they do something negligent or reckless like stepping in front of a moving vehicle without giving the vehicle enough time to stop, or by crossing outside designated areas.
The law states that, even when there is no traffic signal or working signal, a driver must yield to a pedestrian inside a crosswalk.
The law also prohibits other vehicles from passing a car that has stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross.
Failure to yield to pedestrians can bring errant motorists a $150 fine plus a state surcharge of $93 for the first offense and 3 points on their licenses.
Police offered some safety tips:
- Stop for pedestrians in designated crosswalks.
- Be alert for pedestrians at all times, especially when turning.
- Obey the speed limits.
- Do not block or park in crosswalks.
- Remember to always cross within marked crosswalks or at the corners of a street.
- Obey traffic signals, such as “Walk/Don’t Walk”.
- Be alert and watch for cars that are turning.
- Stay sober; walking while impaired greatly increases the chances of being struck.
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