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In California, does a green left turn arrow have the right of way over a pedestrian x-ing with a walk signal?
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In California, does a green left turn arrow have the right of way over a pedestrian x-ing with a walk signal?

I went through an intersection tonight in San Diego where I had a green left turn arrow. As I made my turn, I noticed that a pedestrian was crossing right in front of me with a walk signal. Is it even legal to have an intersection set up like this and who has the right of way? It seems very dangerous because I've always thought that a green arrow meant NO ONE else should be crossing your path. What does California law say about these issues?


    




Aaron P
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What were you smoking?


Public Enemy
Pawletoe is right. The signals are broken. Its an accident waiting to happen.


mike
If both the vehicle and the pedestrian have a green light/walk signal, the pedestrian has the right of way!

However, living in Southern California for 52 years, I NEVER seen a left turn arrow and pedestrian walk signal green at the same time!


tab12988
PEDESTRIANS 100% ALWAYS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY!!!


Ride Yamaha!
Pedestrian > car. ALWAYS


Silas
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The DMV of California's thinking on issues of this nature goes something like this:

Car = 2 tons of speeding metal.

Pedestrian = fleshy 150 lb. sack of water.

Who wins out in a collision?

Therefore, the pedestrian ALWAYS has the right of way.


Pawletoe
That is an illegal intersection. Notify the DMV ASAP!!!! This is really important. Please notify the DMV or city hall!!!

By signal, both have the right of way. According to what cause of motion (vechile, truck, walking, biking, etc.) the pedestrian ALWAYS has the right of way.


Tell the DMV/city hall where the intersection was at please.


john g
The best course of action is to remember that pedestrians always have the right of way. When you get the green light (arrow) you still have to ensure that the intersection is safe before proceeding.


anytime_male
pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way





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