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RULES OF THE ROAD
Pedestrians' Rights and Duties
Section 265:35 - Pedestrian's Right of Way in Crosswalks
- When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation 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.
- No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.
- Paragraph I shall not apply under the conditions stated in RSA 265:36.
- Whenever any vehicle is 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 such stopped vehicle.
Source. 1949, 212:1. RSA 263:45. 1963, 330:1. RSA 262-A:33. 1981, 146:1; 479:34, 35, eff. Jan. 1, 1982, at 12:01 a.m.
Section 265:36 - Crossing at Other Than Crosswalks
- 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.
- Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
- Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
- No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by traffic control devices; and, when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
Source. RSA 262-A:34. 1963, 330:1. 1981, 146:1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982.
Section 265:39 - Pedestrians on Roadway
- Where sidewalks are provided it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.
- Where a sidewalk is not available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a way shall walk only on a shoulder, as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway. Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a way shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway, and if on a two-way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway.
- Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
Source. 1955, 295:1. RSA 263:45-a. 1963, 330:1. RSA 262-A:37. 1981, 146:1; 479:37, eff. Jan. 1, 1982, at 12:01 a.m.
Section 265:11 - Pedestrian Control Signals
Whenever special pedestrian-control signals exhibiting the words "Walk'' or "Don't Walk'' are in place such signals shall indicate as follows:
- Walk--Pedestrians facing such steady or flashing signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal and shall be given the right of way by the drivers of all vehicles. There shall be no right turn allowed for any vehicle while a steady or flashing walk signal is being displayed.
- Don't Walk--No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of such signals whether steady or flashing, but any pedestrian who has partially completed his crossing on the "Walk'' signal shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety island.
Source. RSA 262-A:10. 1963, 330:1. 1973, 24:4. 1981, 146:1. 1994, 135:1, eff. Jan. 1, 1995.