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Road rules

By Staff | Apr 29, 2008

Despite the recent onslaught of unspringlike temperatures and weather, the calender is still shouting that it’s spring which will eventually take more individuals into the great outdoors for fresh air and/or exercise.

Pedestrians and motorists alike should be aware of their surroundings at all times and adhere to the laws for safety.

The city code states, “Pedestrians walking in a street shall at all times walk on the left side of the street in such a manner as to not obstruct traffic or create a hazard for vehicles.”

Estherville Police Captain Brent Shatto cautions pedestrians to be extremely careful walking on the left side of the street facing traffic.

“For safety purposes in the early morning hours and late night hours, pedestrians should wear some type of reflective clothing so all motorists are able to see you.”

The code also directs, “Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.”

The captain reiterated that at no time should any pedestrian obstruct the flow of traffic.

Shatto said the information contained within this article is for the sole purpose of educating the public. “This is so no one is injured by a moving vehicle.”