PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - In Arizona, sometimes the nearest crosswalk can be a quarter mile away, which begs the question: Does the state or city really expect someone to walk a quarter mile or more just to legally cross the street? The answer may surprise you; there is something that exists and not many people know about it.
What is it? It's called an unmarked crosswalk, and it's real.
You see, the state doesn't expect every municipality to paint a physical crosswalk on every single street, so intersections without a physical crosswalk, three of the four corners are considered an unmarked crosswalk and drivers must yield to pedestrians.
However, if there is a physical crosswalk, it must be used by the pedestrian.
Here the Arizona Revised Statue regarding marked and unmarked crosswalks:
28-793. Crossing at other than crosswalk
A. A 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 on the roadway.
B. A 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 on the roadway.
C. Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.