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.

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(7) comments

sfr8

Doesn't help that so many people drive like sh*t here-- suburban morons who've never lived in a real city don't stop for pedestrians (which is what the greater Phoenix area is-- a big, sprawling suburban shithole.) It's also the customary Arizona pigheaded way to drive a friggin' 5 ton truck just to get your kids to school and do menial errands. This place has never been walkable and woe to the pedestrians who try.

Dean

Also that does NOT give the pedestrians the right of way when crossing AGAINST the walk lights, which is what many do. For some reason 19th street is horrible with pedestrians running across the street any time and anywhere they want making cars SLAM on their brakes.

Dean

Please note: The laws do not allow you to cross mid block. If you do not understand that please re-read the point where you must be at a corner. If you missed it: “Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.” And “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.” Note “AT AN INTERSECTION”

sfr8

Something tells me you shake your cane at jaywalkers and yell, "Follow the Law!"

CoyoteFan19

"three of the four corners"? What does that mean? And they wonder why people get run over in Phoenix. Three of the four corners have an invisible crosswalk, the assumption is that the fourth corner does not have an invisible crosswalk. The mind boggles.

FishFeatherz

I have no problem with waiting for a person to cross the street, I do it all the time. The way I figure it, if it's hot, I'm sitting in an air conditioned car, if its raining, I'm dry, windy and I'm out of the wind, etc. Plus, I don't forget what its like to be the one walking and trying to cross a street. That being said, I wonder if I'm missing something here, I read the ARS several times and it clearly states that its the pedestrian who yields to all vehicles on the road.

JF Conlon

Thanks for this info. The nearest bus stop to many apartment complexes is opposite a 6/7 lane street and not near traffic lights and/or crosswalks. I've often wondered how many pedestrians are hit by drivers while trying to get to a bus stop. Oh well, blame the victim.

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