Problem: Recently the CSU East Bay Community has experienced an increase in traffic accidents involving pedestrians jaywalking. One of these incidents resulted in the subject sustaining major life threatening injuries. All involved parties were illegally crossing the street when they were subsequently struck by a motor vehicle.
Solution:The University Police Department wants to educate the Campus Community about vehicle and pedestrian safety. Drivers and pedestrians need to work together to help make the CSU East Bay Campus a safer environment.
Motorist should be aware of the following laws regarding pedestrians:
21950(a) of the California Vehicle Code states that a driver shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk.
21954(b) of the California Vehicle Code does not relieve a driver from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian.
21951 of the California Vehicle Code (Vehicles Stopped for Pedestrians) - Whenever any vehicle has stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass the stopped vehicle.
Pedestrians are also required to adhere to laws to help ensure their safety as such they need to be aware of the following laws: 21950(b) CVC- Pedestrians are to cross roadways only when in marked crosswalks or unmarked crosswalks at intersections.
21955 CVC- Jaywalking, walking between signal controlled intersections or when adjacent intersections are controlled by a police officer.
21954(a) CVC – Pedestrians Outside Crosswalk - Every pedestrian upon a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway so near as to constitute an immediate hazard. (b) The provisions of this section shall not relieve the driver of a vehicle from the duty to exercise due care for the safety of any pedestrian upon a roadway.
The University Police Department would like to partner with the Campus Community to ensure that your journey to and from school or work is a safe one. Please be mindful of the traffic laws listed above and remember that all California Vehicle Codes are enforceable throughout the CSU East Bay campus this includes, but is not limited to all parking lots and service roads. Subjects found to in violation of any vehicle code section may be issued a traffic citation.