GEORGIA LAW ON PEDESTRIAN SAFETY
What The Georgia Code Says About Pedestrians: Specific laws dealing with pedestrians, motorists and pedestrians, and pedestrian safety.
- GA – Official Code of Georgia Annotated O.C.G.A. § 40-6-96:
(a) As used in this Code section, the term “pedestrian” means any person afoot and shall include, without limitation, persons standing, walking, jogging, running, or otherwise on foot.
(b) Where a sidewalk is provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to stand or stride along and upon an adjacent roadway unless there is no motor vehicle traveling within 1,000 feet of such pedestrian on such roadway or the available sidewalk presents an imminent threat of bodily injury to such pedestrian.
- GA – Official Code of Georgia Annotated O.C.G.A. §40-6-95: A person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug to a degree which renders him a hazard shall not walk or be upon any roadway or the shoulder of any roadway. Violation of this Code section is a misdemeanor and is punishable upon conviction by a fine not to exceed $500.00.
- GA – Official Code of Georgia Annotated O.C.G.A. §40-6-97:
(a) No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.
(b) Except as provided in Code Section 40-6-97.1, no person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting employment, business, or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle.
(c) No person shall stand on or in proximity to a street or highway for the purpose of soliciting the watching or guarding of any vehicle while parked or about to be parked on a street or highway.
- GA – Official Code of Georgia Annotated O.C.G.A. § 40-6-92:
(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 unless he has already, and under safe conditions, entered the roadway.
(b) 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 if he uses the roadway instead of such tunnel or crossing.
(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
(d) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices. When authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
TIPS & TOOLS FOR GEORGIA PEDESTRIANS
Georgia Safe Routes To School: If you have any additional questions regarding the program that are not addressed on this page, please feel free to contact the state’s Safe Routes To School coordinator.
Georgia “Safe Routes to School” Toolkit: GDOT has developed a virtual tool kit of information to help get your school’s SRTS program going and to keep it going.