Safety Tips for Pedestrians in Montoursville



Please review the following information pertaining to vehicle and pedestrian laws.

  • • Over 40% of pedestrian fatalities occur crossing mid-block.
  • • Crossing mid-block is very dangerous.
  • • 65% of those surveyed do not wait for walk symbols.
  • • 14% say they do not yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.
  • • Motorists are required to yield to pedestrians legally in the crosswalk.


Pedestrians and motorists must work together to make crossing the street safe for everyone.



If walking, you MUST:

  • • Wait for a walk symbol or green light, when a walk symbol is absent, before crossing at a marked crosswalk.
  • • Use a sidewalk if one if provided. It is unlawful to walk on a roadway.
  • • Yield to all vehicles on the roadway if crossing at any point other than a crosswalk.
  • • DO NOT leave a curb or place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute a hazard.
  • • DO NOT cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized to do so by official traffic control devices, or a police officer or other person authorized to direct traffic.



If driving, you MUST: Yield to pedestrians lawfully in a crosswalk before making a turn onto an adjacent street. Yield to pedestrians walking on a sidewalk at the entrance to a parking lot, private driveway or building. Stop for pedestrians lawfully in a crosswalk and not pass another vehicle stopped at a crosswalk permitting pedestrians to cross. Yield to pedestrians lawfully in an intersection, regardless of the presence of a crosswalk or a functioning traffic signal. Stop before entering a marked crosswalk, when required to stop at an intersection.

Pedestrians and motorists need to adhere to the laws that are there to keep pedestrians and motorists safe, and reduce accidents.

Motorists: when approaching an intersection or crosswalk, be alert for pedestrians. Always yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or at intersections when the have a walk symbol or green light.

Pedestrians: when using a crosswalk or crossing at an intersection, be alert for the possibility that the motorist will not stop. Always use a crosswalk or cross at intersections, not in mid-block.