Town of Normal to Install Several “Stop for Pedestrian” signs at Constitution Trail Intersections
The Town of Normal will deploy “Stop for Pedestrian” signs on Monday, October 9 at the Constitution Trail Crossings at Locust, Willow, Lincoln, Shelbourne and Raab.
“The signs are a visual reminder of the existing pedestrian crosswalk law requiring vehicles to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk,” said Normal City Manager Mark Peterson.
According to Chapter 11, Article X of the Illinois Vehicle Code, drivers must stop for pedestrians who are in (have entered) the crosswalk on the driver’s side of the road. It is important to note that the law explicitly states that pedestrians shall not “suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle.”
“The signs do not expand the parameters of the law nor are they intended to encourage pedestrians to recklessly step into oncoming vehicle traffic,” Peterson added. “Bottom line: we want to emphasize that drivers and pedestrians are partners in safety.”
Normal Police Chief Rick Bleichner said. “The Normal Police Department will continue to conduct special details focused on the enforcement of crosswalk laws at these and other high traffic areas throughout town.”