Submitted by Captain Scott Henriod WPCSO

A few months ago the Sheriff’s Office received a report of a pedestrian that had been struck by a motor vehicle.

Officers reported that during their investigation it was determined that the person operating the vehicle had failed to yield to the pedestrian.

I thought I would take the opportunity this week in the Captains Corner to address the laws related to crosswalks and pedestrians.

Under NRS484B.283 it defines the right of way for a pedestrian in a crosswalk. It states that the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be so to yield to a pedestrian crossing the highway within the crosswalk.

When the pedestrian is upon the half of the highway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the highway the vehicle must yield to the pedestrian. Whenever a vehicle has stopped for a pedestrian the operator of a vehicle shall not pass the vehicle that has stopped.

Pedestrians also have the responsibility for making sure they don’t suddenly leave the curb or run into the path of a vehicle. Pedestrians should always make sure the vehicle is going to yield for them before they enter into the crosswalk.

Drivers and pedestrians need to work together to make sure these type of accident don’t happen.