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The Minnesota Crosswalk Law: Key Elements

Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.

Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.

Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.

Pedestrians must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk; use common sense.

When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear must not pass the stopped vehicle.

Failure to obey the law is a misdemeanor. A second violation within one year is a gross misdemeanor.


Minnesota Statutes 1999, Chapter 169.21 - Pedestrian Law


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