Florida traffic laws lay out certain rules and guidelines so that pedestrians and drivers can safely share the road. Specifically, Florida Statute 316.130 covers pedestrian “rules of the road.” Pedestrians, just like drivers, must obey all traffic laws. Below is a summary of Florida’s traffic laws as they pertain to pedestrians.

Obey Traffic Control Devices

Pedestrians are required to obey all traffic control devices specifically applicable to pedestrians unless otherwise directed by law enforcement. Moreover, pedestrians must obey all traffic control devices at intersections. A flashing “don’t walk” sign prohibits pedestrians from entering the crosswalk. In the event the pedestrian is already in the crosswalk, they can continue crossing at a normal pace.

Use of Sidewalks

Where sidewalks are provided, pedestrians are not authorized to walk along any portion of the roadway designed for motor vehicle traffic. Where sidewalks are not provided, pedestrians walking on the roadways shall, where practicable, walk only on the shoulder on the left side of the roadway in relation to the pedestrian’s route of travel, facing any traffic approaching from the opposite direction.

Prohibition on Standing on Roadways

No pedestrian shall stand in the portion of the roadway paved for motor vehicle traffic for the purposes of soliciting a ride, employment, or business from any vehicle occupant. In addition, pedestrians may not stand on or in proximity to a street or highway for soliciting the watching or guarding of any vehicle while parked or about to be parked on the street or highway. Pedestrians are prohibited from suddenly leaving 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 vehicle to yield.

Rules for Crossing Streets and Roadways

Florida statute 316.130(11) states that pedestrians shall not, except in a marked crosswalk, cross a roadway at any other place than by a route at right angles to the curb or by the shortest route possible to the opposite curb. While at crosswalks, pedestrians are required to move, whenever practicable, to the right half of crosswalks. Pedestrians are further prohibited from crossing a roadway intersection diagonally, unless authorized by official traffic control devices or law enforcement.

Additionally, drivers are required to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks. Many pedestrians believe that crossing in crosswalks is required, however, that is not the case. At crosswalks, motorists are expected to yield, if possible, to pedestrians. Pedestrians are authorized to cross elsewhere, but if they do they are expected to yield to traffic and must cross by a route that is at right angles to the curb.

Bridges

Pedestrians may not enter or remain upon any bridge or approach thereto beyond the bridge signal, gate, or barrier after a bridge signal indication is given. This prohibits pedestrians from passing through, around, over, or under any crossing gate at a railway crossing or bridge when such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed. Florida pedestrians are further prohibited from jumping or diving from publicly owned bridges whether or not there is a sign posted notifying the public of this provision.

No Pedestrian Right-of-Way

No one has the right of way on Florida roads. Florida law only defines who is required to yield the right of way.

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