Q&A - Flashing Yellow Pedestrian Crossing Lights
This question is regarding pedestrian controlled crossings (with the yellow flashing lights, street illumination lighting, etc.). I know that you have written many articles regarding pedestrians and have quoted the applicable sections of the Act. However, I am still not 100% sure of the requirements of these particular crossings. Four of these have been added in my community and local area in the past few years and it seems to me that there is some confusion over responsibilities of stopping.
Specifically, is the activation of the signal by the pedestrian a requirement for the approaching vehicles to stop? Or is it simply another signal to the approaching vehicles that the pedestrian is asking for the right of way?
I see many pedestrians push the button and then wait to insure that the approaching vehicles stop before proceeding (some stop / some don’t). I also see some pedestrians gesturing at drivers who continue through, not giving way to the pedestrians. Other pedestrians push the button and immediately proceed as if they are entitled to cross (trusting that the approaching vehicles will somehow stop for them).