Dear Cop - Designated Crosswalk

Frequently pedestrians try to cross Harvey at Water (between Abbott & Pandosy). There is no designated crosswalk at this intersection. Are cars
driving on Harvey obligated to stop for these pedestrians?

The intersection which you have written about is a dangerous area for pedestrians to cross Harvey Avenue. Pedestrians crossing Harvey Avenue at this location are taking a chance of being hit by a vehicle.

Pedestrians crossing at this location are to yield to vehicle traffic as there is no crosswalk present. I note that most pedestrians are not aware of the laws regarding crossing roadways. The following is the law in British Columbia in regards to crossing a roadway, not in a crosswalk.

Crossing at other than crosswalk
Section 180 of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that when a pedestrian is crossing a highway at a point not in a crosswalk, the pedestrian must yield the right of way to a vehicle.

Duty of driver
Section 181 of the Motor Vehicle Act indicates that despite sections 180, a driver of a vehicle must
(a) exercise due care to avoid colliding with a pedestrian who is on the highway,
(b) give warning by sounding the horn of the vehicle when necessary, and
(c) observe proper precaution on observing a child or apparently confused or incapacitated person on the highway.

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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