EAST LANSING, Mich. – In the near future, the East Lansing Police Department (ELPD) will continue a traffic/pedestrian safety initiative geared specifically toward pedestrian safety at marked crosswalks throughout the City of East Lansing.
ELPD advises both motorists and pedestrians to use caution at marked crosswalks. The following law is applicable:
UTC: R: 28.1702. Sec. 7.2 Pedestrians; right-of-way in crosswalk; violation as civil infraction.(1) When traffic-control signals are not in place or are not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is on the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger, but a pedestrian shall not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into a path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
(2) A person who violates this section is responsible for a civil infraction.
ELPD is planning to undergo targeted enforcement of this law in the near future.