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The Minnesota Crosswalk Law: Key Elements
  • Drivers must stop for crossing pedestrians at marked crosswalks and at all intersections without crosswalks or stop lights.

  • Pedestrians must obey traffic signs and signals at all intersections that have them.

  • Vehicles stopped for pedestrians can proceed once the pedestrian has completely crossed the lane in front of the stopped vehicle.

  • Pedestrians must not enter a crosswalk if a vehicle is approaching and it is impossible for the driver to stop. There is no defined distance that a pedestrian must abide by before entering the crosswalk; use common sense.

  • When a vehicle is stopped at an intersection to allow pedestrians to cross the roadway, drivers of other vehicles approaching from the rear must not pass the stopped vehicle.

  • Failure to obey the law is a misdemeanor. A second violation within one year is a gross misdemeanor.

Minnesota Statutes 1999, Chapter 169.21 - Pedestrian Law
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