Written by attorney Bill Powers

Pedestrian - TRAFFIC LAWS - North Carolina for LEGAL PROFESSIONALS 1

Under North Carolina law, pedestrians have the right of way at all intersections and driveways. However, pedestrians must act responsibly, using pedestrian signals where they are available. When crossing the road at any other point than a marked or unmarked crosswalk or when walking along or upon a highway, a pedestrian has a statutory duty to yield the right of way to all vehicles on the roadway. It is the duty of pedestrians to look before starting across a highway, and in the exercise of reasonable care for their own safety, to keep a timely lookout for approaching motor vehicle traffic. On roadways where there is no sidewalk, pedestrians should always walk facing traffic. This section presents parts of the North Carolina Motor Vehicle Code, essentially Chapter 20 of the North Carolina General Statutes, that relate to pedestrian travel. These laws are subject to change, so please check the North Carolina General Statutes website for new laws and proposed legislation affecting pedestrians:

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