Crosswalk in operation on Central Avenue

There is another pedestrian crossing on Central Avenue in Fredonia motorists should be aware of. A recently installed crosswalk marking located at the intersection of Forbes Place and Central Avenue should make crossing the street there safer,

“It’s signed. There’s advance warning signs, it’s painted and there’s a marker in the center of the road reminding everybody that you need to yield to people who are actually in the crosswalk,” Village of Fredonia Department of Public Works Supervisor Jack Boland stated.

According to the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 1151, 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 on the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, except that any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overpass has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles. In addition, 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 impractical for the driver to yield.

The law also addresses other vehicles stating, 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 stopped vehicle.