When is it Safe to use a Crosswalk?
Ohio pedestrian Right-of-way laws are very confusing for people crossing the street and for drivers.
Have you ever been in Hudson waiting at the curb —while trying to use a crosswalk without signals— and the cars don’t stop?
If you grew up in New England, you are probably irate by now!
However, Ohio, unlike in New England, does not require a driver to stop for pedestrians standing at the curb or approaching a crosswalk. You must be within or upon the crosswalk before you have the right-of-way.
Oh, and one more important fact about the law…you cannot step within or upon the crosswalk in front of a car that doesn’t have enough time to stop.
So, to be really be safe in Ohio at a crosswalk without signals – remember to allow enough time for cars to stop and then step within or upon the crosswalk.