SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Crosswalks are in place to ensure our safety, and we see them everywhere.
But if pedestrians and drivers don't know the correct laws involving them, it could lead to a dangerous situation.
According to the Louisiana Highway Regulatory Act, a crosswalk is "any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface."
The pedestrian has the right-of-way when walking within a crosswalk when traffic control signals are not in place.
Drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk if they are on the same street, or the street onto which the car is turning.
However, pedestrians shall not suddenly walk or run into the path of a vehicle, even in a crosswalk, if there is not enough time for the vehicle to yield.
If a driver stops at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian to cross, it is illegal for another car to pass that stopped vehicle.
If there is no crosswalk, or it is unmarked, pedestrians must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the roadway.
When an intersection has traffic control signals, pedestrians cannot legally cross at any place other than a marked crosswalk.
For more information on pedestrian laws in crosswalks, and traffic laws in general, visit the Louisiana State Legislature website.