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Rules of the Road: Can pedestrians legally cross once countdown timer has started?

Posted on : Sept. 23, 2013 Updated on : Oct. 1, 2013 in: Website .

Question: With the introduction of more pedestrian countdown walk signals at Bellingham intersections, I've noticed more pedestrians entering a marked crosswalk after the "Walk" signal has switched to "Don't Walk." Sometimes they make it across before the light changes. Other times they are still in the crosswalk and blocking cross traffic that has a green light. Is it a violation for a pedestrian to enter a crosswalk when the signal has switched from "Walk"? Can they block traffic with a green light because they are still in the crosswalk? Do police ever issue warnings or fines for this ...

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