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South Carolina Pedestrian Laws

ARTICLE 25.

PEDESTRIANS;  RIGHTS AND DUTIES THEREOF

SECTION 56 5 3110. Pedestrian obedience to traffic control devices and traffic regulations.
SECTION 56 5 3120. Local regulations. 
SECTION 56 5 3130. Pedestrians’ right of way in crosswalks. 
SECTION 56 5 3140. Pedestrian shall use right half of crosswalk. 
SECTION 56 5 3150. Crossing at other than crosswalks.
SECTION 56 5 3160. Pedestrians on highways.
SECTION 56 5 3170. Pedestrians prohibited on freeways.   
SECTION 56 5 3180. Pedestrians soliciting rides or business. 
SECTION 56 5 3190. Only blind or incapacitated person may raise certain canes.
SECTION 56 5 3200. Vehicle shall stop for pedestrian guided by dog or raising cane. 
SECTION 56 5 3210. Penalties for violating Sections 56 5 2720, 56 5 3190, or 56 5 3200.
SECTION 56 5 3220. Effect of failure of incapacitated person to carry walking stick or cane, or to be guided by dog.  
SECTION 56 5 3230. Drivers to exercise due care. 
SECTION 56 5 3240. Driving through safety zone prohibited. 
SECTION 56 5 3250. Pedestrians’ right of way on sidewalks. 
SECTION 56 5 3260. Pedestrians yield to authorized emergency vehicles. 
SECTION 56 5 3270. Pedestrians under influence of alcohol or drugs. 
SECTION 56 5 3280. Bridge and railroad signals.


SECTION 56 5 3110. Pedestrian obedience to traffic control devices and traffic regulations. 

(a) A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device specifically applicable to him unless otherwise directed by a police officer. 
(b) Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic and pedestrian control signals as provided in Sections 56 5 970 and 56 5 990. 
(c) At all other places pedestrians shall be accorded the privileges and shall be subject to the restrictions stated in this chapter. 

SECTION 56 5 3120. Local regulations. 

Local authorities may by ordinance require that pedestrians shall strictly comply with the directions of any official traffic control signal and may by ordinance prohibit pedestrians from crossing any roadway in a business district or any designated highways except in a crosswalk. 

SECTION 56 5 3130. Pedestrians’ right of way in crosswalks. 

(a) When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right of way, slowing down or stopping if need be to yield to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger. 
(b) No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard. 
(c) Subsection (a) shall not apply under the conditions stated in subsection (b) of Section 56 5 3150. 
(d) Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle. 

SECTION 56 5 3140. Pedestrian shall use right half of crosswalk. 

Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of crosswalks. 

SECTION 56 5 3150. Crossing at other than crosswalks. 

(a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway. 
(b) Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway. 
(c) Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk. 
(d) No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic control devices and when authorized to cross diagonally pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic control devices pertaining to such crossing movements. 

SECTION 56 5 3160. Pedestrians on highways. 

(a) Where a sidewalk is provided and its use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway. 
(b) Where a sidewalk is not available any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk only on a shoulder as far as practicable from the edge of the roadway. 
(c) Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of the roadway and, if on a two way roadway, shall walk only on the left side of the roadway. 
(d) Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway. 

SECTION 56 5 3170. Pedestrians prohibited on freeways. 

(A) No person as a pedestrian, unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, shall occupy any space within the limits of the roadway and shoulder of the main facility of a freeway, except to perform public works or official duties, as a result of an emergency caused by an accident or breakdown of a motor vehicle, or to obtain assistance. 
The prohibitions imposed by this subsection on the use of freeways do not apply to service roads alongside the highways. 
(B) A person who violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be fined not more than one hundred dollars or imprisoned not more than thirty days. 

SECTION 56 5 3180. Pedestrians soliciting rides or business. 

(a) No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride. 
(b) Except when authorized by the provisions of Section 5 27 910, no person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting employment, business, or contributions from the occupant of any vehicle. 
(c) No person may stand on or in proximity to a street or highway for the purpose of soliciting the watching or guarding of any vehicle while parked or about to be parked on a street or highway. 

SECTION 56 5 3190. Only blind or incapacitated person may raise certain canes. 

It is unlawful for any person, unless totally or partially blind or otherwise incapacitated, while on any public street or highway to carry in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white tipped with red. 

SECTION 56 5 3200. Vehicle shall stop for pedestrian guided by dog or raising cane. 

Whenever a pedestrian is crossing or attempting to cross a public street or highway, guided by a guide dog or carrying in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick which is white in color or white tipped with red, the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection or place where such pedestrian is attempting to cross shall bring his vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing and before proceeding shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian. 

SECTION 56 5 3210. Penalties for violating Sections 56 5 2720, 56 5 3190, or 56 5 3200. 

A person who violates any of the provisions of Sections 56 5 3190, 56 5 3200, or 56 5 2720 is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, must be punished by a fine not exceeding twenty five dollars or imprisonment for not exceeding ten days. 

SECTION 56 5 3220. Effect of failure of incapacitated person to carry walking stick or cane, or to be guided by dog. 

Nothing contained in Sections 56 5 3190 and 56 5 3200 shall be construed to deprive any totally or partially blind or otherwise incapacitated person not carrying such a cane or walking stick or not being guided by a dog of the rights and privileges conferred by law upon pedestrians crossing streets or highways, nor shall the failure of such totally or partially blind or otherwise incapacitated person to carry a cane or walking stick or to be guided by a guide dog upon the streets, highways, or sidewalks of this State to be held to constitute or be evidence of contributory negligence. 

SECTION 56 5 3230. Drivers to exercise due care. 

Notwithstanding other provisions of any local ordinance, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian or any person propelling a human powered vehicle and shall give an audible signal when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any obviously confused, incapacitated or intoxicated person. 

SECTION 56 5 3240. Driving through safety zone prohibited. 

No vehicle shall at any time be driven through or within a safety zone. 

SECTION 56 5 3250. Pedestrians’ right of way on sidewalks. 

The driver of a vehicle crossing a sidewalk shall yield the right of way to any pedestrian and all other traffic on the sidewalk. 

SECTION 56 5 3260. Pedestrians yield to authorized emergency vehicles. 

(a) Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of an audible signal meeting the requirements of Section 56 5 4970 and visual signals meeting the requirements of Section 56 5 4700, or of a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible signal only, every pedestrian shall yield the right of way to the authorized emergency vehicle. 
(b) This section shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway nor from the duty to exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian. 

SECTION 56 5 3270. Pedestrians under influence of alcohol or drugs. 

A pedestrian who is under the influence of alcohol, or any drug, to a degree which renders himself a hazard shall not walk or be upon a highway except a sidewalk. 

SECTION 56 5 3280. Bridge and railroad signals. 

(a) No pedestrian shall enter or remain upon any bridge or approach thereto beyond the bridge signal, gate or barrier after a bridge operation signal indication has been given. 
(b) No pedestrian shall pass through, around, over or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad grade crossing or bridge while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.
Shelly M. Leeke
South Carolina Injury Lawyer