Q&A - Pedestrian Problems in Nelson
Motor Vehicle Act section 179:
(2) A pedestrian must not leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close it is impracticable for the driver to yield the right of way.
Here in Nelson I see and read about may crosswalk conflict incidents. What I am seeing is that pedestrians are walking briskly along a side street and continuing onto the crosswalk without pausing and looking. Approaching drivers cannot anticipate this since the pedestrian is not present on the crosswalk as he approaches. The driver cannot observe and anticipate the action of a person who is not yet at the crosswalk. He has no idea if he will cross or turn or stop.
In my opinion the pedestrian is violating (2) by not stopping and looking. I think that a change in the wording and an information campaign would of benefit and could prevent injuries.