SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS5) -- There's a misconception that pedestrians always have the right of way. But this couldn't be further from the truth.
Stanley Roberts looks a lighted crosswalk in Scottsdale that uses the HAWK system, where both drivers and pedestrians are required by law to follow the lighted instructions.
HAWK stands for High-intensity Activated Crosswalk. The system is designed to make it safer for people to cross the street. However, it's only as safe as the people who use it. You can build it, but it doesn't mean people will actually use it.
The way the HAWK System works is simple. For drivers, when the light is flashing yellow, it means proceed with caution. When the light is a solid yellow, it means drivers should prepare to stop. As flashing red means to stop and proceed with caution, solid red means stop.Most pedestrians believe that only drivers are required to obey traffic lights and signs.
What most don’t realize is that they also can receive a traffic citation for ignoring the lights and signs. In Scottsdale the fine is 265 dollars. So don't get caught misbehavin'!
The law states the following:
A. If special pedestrian control signals exhibiting the words "walk" or "don't walk" or a symbol of a walking person that symbolizes the word "walk" or a symbol of an upraised hand that symbolizes the words "don't walk" are in place, the signals shall indicate as follows:
-1. Walk or a symbol of a walking person. Pedestrians facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal and shall be given the right-of-way by the drivers of vehicles.
-2. Don't walk or a symbol of an upraised hand. A pedestrian shall not start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but a pedestrian who has partially completed crossing on the walk signal shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety island while the don't walk signal is showing.
B. A pedestrian shall not loiter or unduly delay crossing the roadway after traffic has stopped to give the right-of-way.