Safety Reminder for the Increase in Pedestrian Traffic at the Parks!

The Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department would like to remind those traveling through the townships to use caution when approaching any parks. As the temperature warms up, more pedestrians will be out running, walking and playing at the parks with their children. We ask that every driver remain observant and adhere to the warning lights when pedestrians are utilizing the crosswalks. Furthermore, please use caution at all crosswalks throughout the townships as there will be a vast increase in foot traffic throughout the townships of Westtown, East Goshen and Thornbury.

Additionally, pedestrians are urged to be observant of vehicular traffic and to cross when it is safe to do so. It is the responsibility of the pedestrian to utilize all safety measures (lights and signals) to notify all vehicular traffic of their intentions to cross the street. We stress that no pedestrian should run out in front of a moving vehicle that does not have the ability to stop in time.

Finally, we urge those runners who utilize headphones to remove the headphone from the ear that is closest to the street to ensure your ability to hear what is going on around you.

Most importantly, enjoy this warmer weather!

§ 3542.  Right-of-way of pedestrians in crosswalks.

(a)  General Rule.--When traffic-control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection.

(b)  Exercise of care by pedestrian.--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 a hazard.

(c)  Limitation on vehicles passing.--Whenever any vehicle is stopped at any crosswalk at an intersection or at any marked crosswalk 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.

Penalties.--The driver of a vehicle who violates subsection (a) commits a summary offense and shall, upon conviction, be sentenced to pay a fine of $50.