Traffic Safety

What about sidewalks?

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 00:00 -- admin

The driver of a vehicle, when entering or exiting from an alleyway, building, private road or driveway must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on a sidewalk [Section 1151-a, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law]. Pedestrians are required to use sidewalks where they are provided and safe to use. When sidewalks are not provided, a pedestrian is required to walk on the left side of the roadway facing traffic [Section 1156-b, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

What is the law regarding crosswalks?

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 00:00 -- admin

When there is no traffic control signal, drivers must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians, particularly if a pedestrian is in a crosswalk on the same side of the road, or there is potential danger to the pedestrian [Section 1151, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law]. In addition, every driver approaching an intersection or crosswalk must yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian accompanied by a guide dog or a cane [Section 1153-c, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law].

Can I request that a STOP sign be installed to slow down vehicles?

Thu, 01/01/2015 - 00:00 -- admin

In accordance with the New York State Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), the proper use of stop signs are as safety measures to determine the right of way at intersections experiencing sufficient traffic and vehicular accidents and where poor visibility, unusual geometry or unexpected traffic conflicts exist. When stop signs are installed to slow down speeders, drivers tend to actually increase their speed between signs to compensate for the time lost by stopping. Some drivers tend to accelerate rapidly after a stop, possibly creating an unsafe situation.

The Village of Scarsdale employs professional traffic engineers who monitor traffic conditions and propose traffic safety and regulation programs and processes. The placement and modification of traffic control devices must, in most cases, be approved by the Village Board, which often depends on the Village Manager and a staff Traffic Safety Committee to review issues relating to traffic and parking regulation. Proposals to change traffic regulations can be initiated by the direction of the Village Board, by Village staff or by Village residents.

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