Nevada's pedestrian safety laws

Nevada's pedestrian safety laws

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Dec 5, 2011

The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and the Nevada Department of Transportation published this guide for pedestrian and driver safety.

Crosswalks

• A crosswalk exists at any intersection, whether there
are pavement markings or not.

Drivers

• Must exercise due care to avoid a collision with a

pedestrian at all times.

• Must yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.

• Must yield at all times to a blind person using a
white cane or service animal.

• Must stop or slow down before passing another
vehicle stopped in a travel lane until the driver has
determined whether that vehicle has stopped for a
pedestrian.

• Must, in the presence of a school crossing guard,
wait for all persons including the guard to completely
clear the road before proceeding.

Pedestrians

• Must use the sidewalk and the nearest crosswalk,
pedestrian bridge or tunnel when possible.

• Must obey offi cial traffi c-control devices.

• Must stay in the right-hand half of the crosswalk
whenever practicable.

• Must walk on the left side of the street facing traffic if no sidewalk is available.

• Must not suddenly walk into the path of a vehicle
so that it is impossible for the vehicle to yield.

• May not cross an intersection diagonally unless the
intersection is specifi cally designed for this.

SIGNALS

STEADY HAND means do not
enter the intersection.
FLASHING HAND means
do not enter but those in the
crosswalk may fi nish.
WALKING PERSON means
you may enter if it is safe. Look
left, right and left again.

Safety Tips for Walkers
• Walk on the Sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk
and you have to walk in the road, walk on the left
facing traffic.

• Cross at Intersections. Most people are hit by
cars when they cross the road at places other than
intersections. Walk the extra distance! Use marked
crosswalks and obey the signals.

• Look Left, Right and Left Again. Stop at the
curb and look left, right and left again for traffi
c. Stopping at the curb signals drivers that you
intend to cross.

See and Be Seen
• Drivers need to see you to avoid you.
• Stay out of the driver’s blind spot.
• Make eye contact with drivers.
• Wear bright clothing even during the day and
reflective clothing at night.
• Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.