Most residents of Illinois know the rules of the road for driving but did you know there are laws for pedestrians too?

Observing Pedestrians In Illinois

I drive to work early in the morning when it's still dark out. I'm surprised to see so many pedestrians. Many of them are on the street instead of the sidewalk, which doesn't feel safe to me. I'm guessing they don't know the Illinois rules of the road for pedestrians. I was curious so I looked it up.

Jaywalking man about to be run over by truck
Illinois Rules Of The Road For Pedestrians

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Illinois Rules Of The Road For Pedestrians

Pedestrians are responsible for traffic safety.

  • There's no free reign of the road.

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Pedestrians must give the right of way to drivers when crossing at any place other than a crosswalk.

  • No jaywalking into the road and expect traffic to just stop for them.
Illinois Rules Of The Road For Pedestrians

Pedestrians must not walk on a roadway unless there is no sidewalk or shoulder and stay against the curb.

  • Stay out of the road.

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Pedestrians should walk facing oncoming traffic while on a two-way road.

  • Just because a driver can see you coming, you still must be extremely careful.
father walking little daughter with backpack to school or daycare
Illinois Rules Of The Road For Pedestrians

Pedestrians should not be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

  • Yes, you can get a PUI (pedestrians under the influence).

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Pedestrians should be in lighted areas or wear reflective clothing at night.

  • Drivers need to be able to see you.

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