NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As Nashville moves towards being a more pedestrian friendly city, police said motorists need to be more aware of the rules, especially when traveling on James Robertson Parkway.
In most cases, pedestrians are supposed to have the right of way.
On James Robertson Parkway, many motorists seem to ignore the crosswalks, even though they are clearly marked.
“I mean, you've got the signs right there that says ‘state law, yield,’ but I just think people are kind of in a hurry but aren't paying attention,” said Jessica Wilson.
Sergeant John Bourque with the Metro Nashville Police Department said drivers are supposed to stop when the signs clearly instruct motorists to yield to pedestrians.
“If the person approaches the curb and they're about to enter the cross walk you as the driver are supposed to stop for that person who is entering the cross walk to cross the road,” he said.
The law is different if the cross walk is controlled by a traffic light. Sergeant Bourque said the pedestrian only has the right of way when they have the walk sign.
The rules are not just for drivers -- it's also against the law to jaywalk.
“If there's a cross walk within the block that you're in, you’re required by state law to use that cross walk and not to cross in the middle of the street,” he said.
Police said they rarely hand out citations for these offenses, but that could change as more people move downtown.