#RoadRights Situation 26

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Driveways crossing sidewalks, who has the right of way?

Play along! Did you guess correctly?

ANSWER: The driver should have stopped to check for pedestrians before pulling across the sidewalk.

EXPLANATION: Pedestrians have the right of way on a sidewalk. Drivers need to treat crossing a sidewalk the same as entering a travel lane, anyone present has the right of way and the driver must wait until the sidewalk is clear before proceeding. While it is good practice for drivers and pedestrians to pay attention and be alert, in this case the driver is wrong to pull across the sidewalk without stopping and looking for pedestrians. Drivers often have to stop on sidewalks in order to see when it is clear and safe for them to turn into the lane but they should first wait and make sure the sidewalk is clear and they are not obstructing another’s pathway.

1 Comment

Chris Staley · August 11, 2021 at 8:57 pm

Yes, pedestrian has right of way but even if the driver stopped, she could not have seen the pedestrian until she pulled across the sidewalk. Therefore, both need to exercise caution in that situation. Easier for pedestrian to stop and peek around the corner than for the driver to do so.

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