Pedestrians have a right to cross in a crosswalk and vehicles are required to yield to pedestrians lawfully crossing the roadway within a crosswalk.

On January 19, 2014, a driver on Hoosick Street in Troy, NY is alleged to have violated the vehicle and traffic law by failing to yield to children who were crossing in the cross walk. The driver was ticketed for passing another vehicle who was stopped and yielding to the children who were crossing the roadway within the crosswalk.

The NY Vehicle and Traffic law states, “Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle.” NY Vehicle and traffic law § 1151.

A driver who fails to yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk violates the vehicle and traffic law and thereby a community safety rule, endangering the pedestrians lawfully crossing the street.

LaMarche Safranko files lawsuits against motorists who violate community safety rules. We want the community we live in to be safe. If you or a family member are a victim of a driver’s carelessness, contact our law firm.