Delaware Pedestrian Crosswalks

QUESTION: Does Delaware Law require all pedestrian crosswalks to be marked?

THE ANSWER: NO!

TITLE 21
CHAPTER 41. RULES OF THE ROAD
Subchapter V. Pedestrians’ Rights and Duties

4142. Pedestrians’ right-of-way in crosswalks.
(a) When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation or when the operator of a vehicle is making a turn at an intersection, the driver 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 within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of 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.
4143. Crossing at other than crosswalks.
(a) Every pedestrian crossing 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.

Believe it! According to Delaware Law ( 4143. Crossing at other than crosswalks), every intersection is considered to contain crosswalks whether or not the crosswalks are identified with line markings. Read the law again. Read it carefully: “Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection…” So the correct answer is NO! Delaware Law does not require a pedestrian crosswalk to be marked if it is located in an intersection.

 

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