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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.20 Division I Pedestrians Rights and Duties

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DIVISION I. TRAFFIC CODE

Chapter 17.20
Pedestrians Rights and Duties

Sections:

17.20.010 Obedience to traffic-control devices and traffic laws.
17.20.020 Right-of-way in crosswalks.
17.20.030 Crossing at other than crosswalks.
17.20.040 Crossing prohibited--When.
17.20.050 Drivers to exercise due care.
17.20.060 Pedestrians to use right half of crosswalks.
17.20.070 Pedestrians on streets.
17.20.080 Soliciting rides or business.
17.20.090 Right-of-way on sidewalks.
17.20.100 Pedestrians yield to authorized emergency vehicles.
17.20.110 Blind pedestrian right-of-way.
17.20.120 Roller skates, coaster and similar devices restricted.
17.20.125 Roller skates, in line skates and skateboards prohibited in certain area.
17.20.130 Under influence of alcohol or drugs.
17.20.140 Penalty clause.

17.20.010 Obedience to traffic-control devices and traffic laws.

A. A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic-control device specifically applicable to him, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

B. Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic and pedestrian control signals as provided in Chapter 17.08 of this code.

C. At all other places, pedestrians shall be accorded the privileges and shall be subject to the restrictions stated in this section.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.010.)

17.20.020 Right-of-way in crosswalks.

A. When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon 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.

B. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

C. Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at an 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.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.020.)

17.20.030 Crossing at other than crosswalks.

A. Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

B. Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

C. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.030.)

17.20.040 Crossing prohibited--When.

A. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than in a crosswalk in the central traffic district.

B. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than in a crosswalk unless said crosswalk is more than one hundred and fifty (150) feet distant.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.040.)

17.20.050 Drivers to exercise due care.

Notwithstanding other provisions of this chapter, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated or intoxicated person.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.050.)

17.20.060 Pedestrians to use right half of crosswalks.

Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of crosswalks.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.060.)

17.20.070 Pedestrians on streets.

A. Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon adjacent roadway.

B. Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway.

C. Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a street shall walk as near as practical to an outside edge of the roadway, and, if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.

D. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian walking along and upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

E. It shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to enter upon any portion of a limited access highway except in a case of an emergency, and the burden of proof of such emergency shall rest upon such pedestrian.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.070.)

17.20.080 Soliciting rides or business.

A. No person shall stand in a street for the purpose of soliciting a ride.

B. No person shall stand on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting employment, business, or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle.

C. No person shall stand on or in proximity to a street for the purpose of soliciting the watching or guarding of any vehicle while parked or about to be parked on a street.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.080.)

17.20.090 Right-of-way on sidewalks.

The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.090.)

17.20.100 Pedestrians yield to authorized emergency vehicles.

A. Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of an audible signal meeting the requirements of this code and visual signals meeting the requirements of this code, or of a police vehicle, properly and lawfully making use of an audible signal only, every pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to the authorized emergency vehicle.

B. This section shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway nor from the duty to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.100.)

17.20.110 Blind pedestrian right-of-way.

No pedestrian, except one totally or partially blind, shall carry a cane or walking stick which is white in color on any public street; the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any blind pedestrian carrying a clearly visible white cane or accompanied by a guide dog.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.110.)

17.20.120 Roller skates, coaster and similar devices restricted.

No person shall ride upon any public roadway by means of roller skates, sled, coaster, toy vehicle or similar device.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.120.)

17.20.125 Roller skates, in line skates and skateboards prohibited in certain area.

A. The use of roller skates, in line skates, skateboards or similar devices shall be prohibited, by any person, upon any public street, alley, sidewalk, park, plaza, mall or other public area bounding the streets and alleys within the area bounded by Jefferson Avenue on the west, Washington Avenue on the north, Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard on the east, and Interstate 64 on the south.

B. Subsection A of this section shall not apply to the following individuals:

1. A participant in a parade or other public event for which a permit has been issued by the City Street Department or the Board of Public Service for said parade or other public event to be conducted within the aforementioned geographical area;

2. An individual who uses roller skates, in line skates, skateboards or similar devices in conducting his or her business or employment, or commuting to a specific destination;

3. An individual who uses roller skates, in line skates, skateboards or similar devices on a designated bicycle path.

C. Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this section shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) for the first violation and not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00), nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), for any subsequent violation occurring within one year of the date of the guilty plea or finding of guilt for the first violation. In lieu of a fine, the Court may require the completion of not less than fifteen (15) hours of community service.
(Ord. 63839 1--3, 1996.)

17.20.130 Under influence of alcohol or drugs.

A pedestrian who is under the influence of alcohol or any drug to a degree which renders himself a hazard shall not walk or be upon a roadway.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.130.)

17.20.140 Penalty clause.

Pedestrian violators of this chapter shall be issued a violation notice containing instructions permitting the said pedestrian to either appear in person or to mail a fine as duly established by the municipal courts within 7 days to the Traffic Violation Bureau, or obtain a summons for the Traffic Violation Bureau.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 829.140.)

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