Crosswalks and Pedestrians
The Health Sciences Center is not unique in the amount of foot and vehicular movement on campus for any given day. It is estimated that approximately 25,000 people pass through the campus Monday - Friday. Obviously this figure is based on the entire community, not just the university. With this amount of people coming and going, there is always a concern for pedestrian safety. As with vehicles, pedestrians are also subject to traffic regulations. The State of Oklahoma, under Title 47, specifically addresses the laws that pedestrians must abide by to avoid being injured in an auto/pedestrian accident.
11-501 a.) Pedestrians shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device specifically applicable to him/her, unless otherwise directed by a police officer."
At most intersections on campus, the "Walk", "Wait","Don't Walk" traffic control devices are installed.
Pedestrians Right of Way in Crosswalks
(47 O.S. 11-502 a.) When traffic control signals are not in place, or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle must yield the right of way, either by slowing down or stopping, if need be to do so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian 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.
(47 O.S. 11-502 b.) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
(47 O.S. 11-502 d.) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.
Pedestrian Crossing at other than Crosswalk
(47 O.S. 11-503 a) 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.
(47 O.S. 503 c.) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
Where to Walk in a Crosswalk
(47 O.S. 11-505 ) Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of crosswalks.
Pedestrians on Roadways
(47 O.S. 11-506 a. ) Where sidewalks are provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(47 O.S. 11-506 b.) Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction and shall yield to approaching vehicles.
Last changed/updated: 080703