Several students cross the street in a Seattle neighborhood while walking to school. Photo: SDOT
- State law specifies that drivers must stop for pedestrians at practically all intersections, whether or not there is a painted crosswalk.
- A recent informal survey showed that 70% of drivers claimed to stop for pedestrians at painted crosswalks, but when we observed crosswalks in real life fewer than 20% of drivers actually stopped.
- We are working to develop a $350,000 public education and awareness campaign over the next two years to make sure more drivers understand and follow these traffic safety laws.
- As a first step, we are unveiling “driver report card” signs at certain intersections to encourage drivers to stop for people crossing the street. This tactic is based on a similar campaign which led to more drivers following the law in St Paul, MN.
- Thank you for your interest and helping the effort to keep everyone safe when they wish to walk or roll in their communities, and need to safely cross the street.
This week, we began unveiling “driver report cards” signs at certain crosswalks to show the percentage of drivers who stop for people waiting to walk or roll across the street. This is the start of a larger $350,000 public education campaign focused the benefits of following the speed limit and making sure drivers understand that all intersections are crosswalks – and that state law requires them to stop for pedestrians and people in wheelchairs or other mobility assistive devices, who are attempting to cross the street.
Per Washington State law, practically all intersections are legal pedestrian crossings, whether or not there is a painted crosswalk, unless a sign officially says that people are not allowed to cross the street in a certain location. That means drivers are legally required to stop for people crossing the street at nearly every intersection in Seattle and throughout the state.
Most people say they follow the law, but few drivers actually do.
In a recent informal survey of over 1,000 people in Seattle, over 70% of people said that they always stop for people at marked crosswalks. However, when we observed th
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