The failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian is a 3-point moving violation. It is one of the most unsafe moving violations which a motorist can commit given the obvious danger to individuals within striking distance of the offending vehicle.
A recent study reveals that New York City is the most dangerous place to be a pedestrian. The study revealed that 31% of traffic fatalities in New York City involve pedestrians, more than any other city in the nation. Specifically, 317 pedestrians were killed in city traffic accidents in 2008. In New York State, 23% of fatal accidents involved pedestrians.
The report prepared by the Transportation For America, a safety advocacy group, concluded that New York misused Federal transportation monies by using only 1% of it to improve biking and walking safety.
We see many people charged with this offense in New York City. To avoid being issued a summons for failing to yield the right of way to a pedestrian, you should be extra careful turning particularly at crowded intersections. If an officer sees you get anywhere near a motorist, he or she is apt to issue you a ticket for this offense.
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