- Adhere to “Don’t Walk” and other traffic-control signals.
- Cross within the marked crosswalk. Jaywalking is subject to a $112 fine.
- Wear reflective-colored clothing at night to make you more visible.
- Stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t be distracted with electronic devices.
- Drivers are required to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, but the vehicle has the right-of-way when it is lawfully inside the intersection before the signal changes or the pedestrian leaves the curb. Don't take chances; stay alert for oncoming traffic.
- Be careful of blind spots around cars, trucks and buses. Always assume the driver does not know you are there.
- Walk confidently; look ahead and make eye contact.
- Never leave any personal belonging unattended.
- Walk with a friend.
- If you think you are being followed, divert your route to a populated area.
- Trust your instincts. If someone makes you uncomfortable, move away from that person.
- Use the FREE Campus Escort Service. Available 24/7 by calling 612-624-WALK (9255).
- Use sidewalks.
- Alert others of your presence.
- Remove skates indoors.
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Minnesota State Statute 169.21 Subdivision 2
Minnesota State Statute 169.06 Subdivision 6(1)
Additional Safety Information
- Motorists should 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 shouldn’t 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; common sense should be used.
View the full crosswalk law.
provided by the
Minnesota Department of Transportation (Oct. 2015)