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§ 21-502. Rights of pedestrians when crossing roadway in a crosswalk

West's Annotated Code of MarylandTransportationEffective: October 1, 2019

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Title 21. Vehicle Laws--Rules of the Road (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 5. Pedestrians' Rights and Rules (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2019
MD Code, Transportation, § 21-502
§ 21-502. Rights of pedestrians when crossing roadway in a crosswalk
Duty of driver to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks
(a)(1) This subsection does not apply where:
(i) A pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing is provided, as described in § 21-503(b) of this subtitle; or
(ii) A traffic control signal is in operation.
(2) The driver of a vehicle shall come to a stop when a pedestrian crossing the roadway in a crosswalk is:
(i) On the half of the roadway on which the vehicle is traveling; or
(ii) Approaching from an adjacent lane on the other half of the roadway.
Pedestrian prohibited from walking or running into path of vehicle
(b) A pedestrian may not suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.
Passing of vehicle stopped for pedestrian prohibited
(c) If, at a marked crosswalk or at an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, a vehicle is stopped to let a pedestrian cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear may not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.
Violations contributing to accidents
(d) A person may not commit a violation of subsection (a) or (c) of this section that contributes to an accident.
Fines and penalties
(e) A person convicted of a violation of subsection (d) of this section is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 2 months or a fine not exceeding $1,000 or both.


Added by Acts 1977, c. 14, § 2, eff. July 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1977, c. 541, § 3; Acts 1978, c. 26; Acts 1982, c. 721; Acts 2003, c. 325, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2003; Acts 2004, c. 388, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2004; Acts 2017, c. 55, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017; Acts 2019, c. 519, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2019.
Formerly Art. 66 ½, § 11-502.
MD Code, Transportation, § 21-502, MD TRANS § 21-502
Current through legislation effective through April 9, 2023, from the 2024 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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