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Writer: Onus of responsibility, vehicles v pedestrian, is on driver

Statute puts onus of responsibility on driver, says writer who has had narrow escapes on Columbia's Public Square cites Kentucky Statute protecting pedestrians which is much broader than many are aware

By 'Narrow Escapes on the Square'
Personal commentary

Paragraph four of section 189.570 of the KRS (Kentucky Revised Statutes) addresses, in plain, simple, language, the vehicle v pedestrian situation on Columbia's Square:
"(4) When traffic control signals are not in place or in operation the operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a pedestrian crossing the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger."
Certainly, it is incumbent upon pedestrians to be alert, attentive, and vigilant when crossing a street, but when / where crosswalks exist, Kentucky law puts the onus of responsibility squarely on the driver. - Narrow escapes on the Square

Comments re article 91806 Joyce Coomer Puts onus of responsibility on pedestrians

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Mystery photo: Can you count the crosswalks in photo?

2017-07-26 - 400 Block of Burkesville Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener,
According to information in the accompanying letter, Kentucky Statutes protect the motorist, even though most crosswalks, in this photo, are not marked. If anyone would like to list them, please do so, using the information in the KRS cited. Some motorists are not aware of the hundreds of places in Columbia which are not marked, but are legal crossings for pedestrians. Note there is a 25 mph speed marker on the right. (Note: The car in the foreground is on the right side of the road and was driving safely, attentively. It's just the setting of the telephoto lens which might make it appear differently.) - CM. Photo Wed 26 Jul 2017


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