California Jaywalking Laws: Is Jaywalking Illegal in California?
Is jaywalking legal in California? Read on to learn California s jaywalking laws, penalties, what happens if you get hit by a car while jaywalking
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Is Jaywalking Legal in California?
California’s Jaywalking Laws
- Section 21955 of the California Vehicle Code forbids jaywalking. It specifies that a pedestrian shall not cross a road in any location other than a crosswalk between adjacent intersections monitored by signals or police officers.
- According to California Vehicle Code Section 21954(a), if a pedestrian is in the road at a location other than a crosswalk or intersection, the pedestrian must surrender the right of way to cars that are near enough to pose an imminent danger. Additionally, this statute states that failure to yield would not absolve a driver of the responsibility to take reasonable caution for the pedestrian’s welfare.
Section 21956 of the California Vehicle Code states that no pedestrian can walk on a roadway if a sidewalk or crosswalk is accessible. If a pedestrian is required to walk on the lane, he or she must keep as close to the right-hand side of the pavement as possible. It is illegal for a pedestrian to cross the road in the centre.
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