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Pedestrians can't assume right-of-way on city streets


 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO AM) - Pedestrians don’t have an inherit right-of-way to cross streets wherever they choose.

     Officer Sam Clemens says jaywalkers in Sioux Falls can be cited even after they’re hit by a motorist.

     Clemens says pedestrians can cross in the middle of a street but they must take precautions.  He says it's the pedestrian's responsibility to make sure the road is clear, to make sure no traffic is coming their way.  Pedestrians can cross in midstreet but they can't cause drivers to alter their course including changing lanes or stepping on brakes.  He says if they do that, then pedestrians are in violation of the law.

     Clemens says pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks and from corner to corner were crosswalks are implied.

     He says most jaywalking citations in Sioux Falls are written after an accident.

     He says the fine for jaywalking is $25.