Maryland Crosswalk Laws

Maryland Crosswalk + Pedestrian Laws

  • At intersections with traffic control signals, pedestrians can only cross the street in the marked crosswalk
  • Pedestrians facing a red traffic signal cannot enter the roadway
  • Pedestrians cannot begin walking into a crosswalk if there is a solid Do Not Walk or raised hand signal.
  • Pedestrians cannot cross diagonally through an intersection unless authorized to do so by a traffic control device
  • Pedestrians should yield the right of way to vehicles when crossing the street anywhere other than in a marked crosswalk or in an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection
  • Pedestrians must use sidewalks when they are provided. If there are no sidewalks, pedestrians should walk on the left shoulder or side of the road facing traffic. 
  • Drivers must come to a complete stop for pedestrians crossing the street in a crosswalk if the pedestrian is on the side of the road the vehicle is driving or is approaching the vehicle’s lane from the other side of the road
  • It is illegal to pass another vehicle that has stopped for a pedestrian in a marked or unmarked crosswalk
  • Vehicles turning right or left on a green light must yield the right of way to pedestrians in the crosswalk
  • At red lights, vehicles must stop at the clearly marked stop line or before entering the crosswalk.
  • Drivers have a responsibility to exercise due care and proper precaution to avoid hitting pedestrians. 


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