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CHAPTER 17C. TRAFFIC REGULATIONS AND LAWS OF THE ROAD.
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ARTICLE 10. PEDESTRIANS' RIGHTS AND DUTIES.
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§17C-10-1. Pedestrians subject to traffic regulations; powers of
(a) Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic-control signals
at intersections as provided in section five, article three of
this chapter unless required by local ordinance to comply
strictly with such signals, but at all other places pedestrians
shall be accorded the privileges and shall be subject to the
restrictions stated in this article.
(b) Local authorities are hereby empowered by ordinance to
require that pedestrians shall strictly comply with the
directions of any official traffic-control signal and may by
ordinance prohibit pedestrians from crossing any roadway in a
business district or any designated highways except in a
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§17C-10-2. Pedestrians' 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,
slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, 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, but 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 that
it is impossible for the driver to yield. This provision shall
not apply under the conditions stated in section three paragraph
(b) of this article.
(b) 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
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§17C-10-3. 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
(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
(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control
signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place
except in a marked crosswalk.
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§17C-10-4. Drivers to exercise due care.
Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this article
every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid
colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give
warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise
proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or
incapacitated person upon a roadway.
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§17C-10-5. Pedestrians to use right half of crosswalks.
Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right
half of crosswalks.
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§17C-10-6. Pedestrians on roadways; soliciting rides.
(a) Where sidewalks are provided it shall be unlawful for any
pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
(b) Where sidewalks are not provided any pedestrian walking
along and upon a highway shall when practicable walk only on the
left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic which may
approach from the opposite direction.
(c) No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of
soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.
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§17C-10-7. Penalty for pedestrians violating the provisions of
Any person violating the provisions of this article is guilty
of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be fined not
more than one hundred dollars; upon a second conviction within one
year thereafter, shall be fined not more than two hundred dollars;
and upon a third or subsequent conviction, shall be fined not more
than five hundred dollars.
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§17C-10-8. Persons working on streets and highways.
The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to
persons engaged in maintenance or construction work on a street
or highway whenever he is notified of their presence by an
official traffic-control device or flagman.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2013 1st Special Session
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