Crosswalk laws are among the most commonly mistaken and misunderstood laws that exist with regard to traffic safety. Drivers often do not know when they do and do not have the right of way, which can cause some confusion as well as safety issues for pedestrians.
Florida state laws apply at all crosswalks, even if the crossing does not have any signage or flashing lights. If there is a crosswalk pavement marking, the laws are enforced at that crosswalk. Below is a quick overview:
What drivers must know about Florida crosswalks
Any driver approaching an intersection that has a stoplight and parked pedestrian crosswalk must stop before entering the crosswalk and allow pedestrians with a “walk” signal to proceed. Drivers are required to stop if a pedestrian is already in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk on the approach and is on the same side of the road as the vehicle.
This is also true if a pedestrian is crossing from the left, and is even true if the pedestrian did not activate the flashing crossing controls (if such controls are present in the area). This rule also exists for crosswalks that have signs but no warning flashers.
When a driver approaches a crosswalk that does not have a traffic signal, pedestrian signal or signage, the driver is required to yield to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk. If the pedestrian is crossing at a point where there is an overhead pedestrian crossing or pedestrian tunnel, the pedestrian must yield to all vehicles.
When vehicles are stopped to yield to pedestrians, drivers of other vehicles approaching are not allowed to pass the stopped vehicle.
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