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Pedestrians

Pedestrians and drivers share responsibility.

Drivers and pedestrians have a shared responsibility to follow the rules of the road and act safely and responsibly on the roads. Remaining alert for all road users and focusing on the road, sidewalk, crosswalk, or however you may be traveling helps everyone get to their destination safely.
In 2017 in North Dakota, there were 5 pedestrian-related fatalities involving a motor vehicle. Of those pedestrian fatalities, 80% were male.

North Dakota Pedestrian Law

Obey pedestrian-control signals at all crosswalks.
 
  • Walk. Pedestrians may proceed across the roadway in the direction indicated by the sign. Pedestrians must be given the right of way by all vehicles.
  • Don’t Walk (steadily illuminated). A pedestrian may not start to cross the roadway in the direction indicated by the sign.
  • Don’t Walk (flashing). A pedestrian may not start to cross the roadway in the direction indicated by the sign, but any pedestrian who has partially completed their walk across the roadway must proceed in that direction.
Learn more about North Dakota pedestrian laws here.

Tips for Pedestrians:

  • Be Visible. Wear bright clothing during the day and reflective clothing at night.  
  • Stay Alert – Avoid Distractions. Electronic devices can take your eyes and ears off the road.
  • Be Predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.
  • Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. If no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.
  • Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections whenever possible.
  • Never assume a driver sees you.

Tips for Motorists:

  • Be Alert. Look out for pedestrians at all times. 
  • Follow posted speed limits at all times, especially in areas of heavy pedestrian traffic. This is even more important in areas that have lower speed limits, such as school zones and neighborhood streets where pedestrians may appear suddenly.
  • Weather conditions. Visibility is harder during inclement weather and poorly lit areas. Make sure your lights are on and use your signals.
  • Be mindful when pulling in and out of driveways. Pedestrians can quickly move into your path.
  • Crosswalks. Always yield to pedestrians, reduce your speed and be prepared to stop.
 

Lead Agencies:

ND State Highway Patrol
ND DOT
ND Department of Health