Q&A - Pedestrian Right of Way
My question regards the right of way of pedestrians who are in the roadway illegally, i.e. they have disobeyed a control signal or have failed to yield to traffic as per section 180. The thought came to me after watching this clip from the United Kingdom, intended to illustrate proper horn use:
While the course of action taken in the video may be considered the the right one in the UK, where I think the general attitude toward driving could fairly be considered slightly more laissez-faire in some ways, I initially suspected that would not be the case here in British Columbia.
Before posting here however, I decided to skim the MVA for myself and came across section 179 (1) which states that:
Subject to section 180, the driver of a vehicle must yield the right of way to a pedestrian where traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation when the pedestrian is crossing the highway in a crosswalk and the pedestrian is on the half of the highway on which the vehicle is travelling, or is approaching so closely from the other half of the highway that he or she is in danger.
While this refers to pedestrians crossing lawfully, it does still seem to imply that I was wrong.
Since the pedestrians in the video had been made aware of the oncoming vehicle and were not in danger, am I right in saying that a car in BC would also be under no obligation to stop?
I see similar situations relatively frequently, and stopping is frequently dangerous on busy, multi-lane roads since, even if you stopped, traffic in the adjacent lane almost certainly would not, so I'm curious as to the acual legal requirements in the situation. What are your thoughts?
PS: As a quick caveat, I am aware of Section 181 and am not suggesting drivers should endanger pedestrians because they're in the wrong. I've heard about laws in other jurisdictions stating that pedestrians have full right of way over all vehicles to exit the roadway once they have entered it, regardless of whether it was done so legally, and am curious if something similar exists here.