What you need to know about crossing safely

Did you know?
Pedestrians always have the right of way in a crosswalk, but you also have the responsibility to cross safely.


Crosswalks aren't always marked, but they exist at all intersections unless a sign states otherwise. Learn how to cross safely using the Point, Pause, and Proceed method.

Point: Extend your arm and point in the direction you want to go and make eye contact with the closest driver

Pause: Look all four ways: left, right, ahead and behind. Make sure that there are no cars coming and that the traffic safety light indicates you can cross safely.

Proceed: Stay focused on crossing the road with no distractions


Always use crosswalks and pedestrian-activated signals when they're available. If not, only cross at intersections and follow these tips.

  • Walk on the sidewalk. If there are no sidewalks, walk off the road, facing traffic
  • When crossing driveways and alleys, always look left and right just as you would when crossing a street
  • When crossing a street, walk, don't run. This gives drivers more time to see you and come to a safe stop

Fines for not crossing safely

You can only cross a roadway within a crosswalk, including any intersection-connecting sidewalks, curbs or edges of the road. If you jaywalk, that means you crossed the street outside of a crosswalk or you started crossing after the walk light ended. The fine for jaywalking is $250.

Are you a driver? Learn more about pedestrian safety laws and penalties for putting pedestrians at risk.