Dear Cop - Turning At Crosswalk

At Hwy 33 at the Coopers Foods, there is a cross walk light that has double lights for pedestrians crossing on either side of the exit from the Coopers parking lot. Can a motorist exiting the parking lot cross this pedestrian walk whether turning right, or left?

I have examined the intersection you have written about and I have your answer for you. The pedestrian traffic control lights face towards traffic on Highway 33. They continue to flash green until a pedestrian activates the signals and then they go yellow and then red. The traffic coming out of the parking lot at the Coopers only face a stop sign and not the traffic control lights. If the light is red for traffic on Highway 33 and pedestrian is crossing in the marked crosswalks, a vehicle exiting the Coopers may proceed after stopping as long as the vehicle yields to the pedestrians in the crosswalk.

Rights of way between vehicle and pedestrian
179 (1) Subject to section 180, the driver of a vehicle must yield the right of way to a pedestrian where traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation when the pedestrian is crossing the highway in a crosswalk and the pedestrian is on the half of the highway on which the vehicle is traveling, or is approaching so closely from the other half of the highway that he or she is in danger.

When exiting the Coopers lot, drivers are not facing the traffic control signals, only a stop sign. The vehicles on Highway 33 are facing the traffic control signals.

Constable R.A.(Richard) ASELTON
Central Okanagan Traffic Services - Media Liaison
Kelowna R.C.M.P. Detachment

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Tim Schewe is a retired constable with many years of traffic law enforcement experience. He has been writing his column for most of the 20 years of his service in the RCMP.

The column was 'The Beat Goes On' in Fort St. John, 'Traffic Tips' in the South Okanagan and now 'Behind the Wheel' on Vancouver Island and here on Castanet.net.

Schewe retired from the force in January of 2006, but the column has become a habit, and continues.

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