Watch now: Interview with Edmonds PD about safe driver/pedestrian campaign

Watch now on My Edmonds News TV by clicking link here.

Watch now on My Edmonds News TV by clicking link here.

Edmonds police in July announced they are patrolling downtown streets, looking for those violating traffic and pedestrian safety rules. Edmonds police spokesman Sgt. Mark Marsh on Friday sat down with My Edmonds News TV to explain what you should know about this campaign, and how to stay safe while walking or driving in downtown Edmonds.



  1. I hope there will be reconsideration (and perhaps marking) of the “No Pedestrian Crossing” signs installed recently on Fifth Avenue South. There are considerable distances of hill-based walking to legally cross now if one wants to change sides of the street. I imagine folks living in the Highland Park Apartments wanting to visit friends across the street may not like having to go all the way down to Pine and then back up the hill three blocks (and then retrace to return home).

    I’m all for improving pedestrian (and all) safety, but there has to be some common sense or people will just do stupid, dangerous things to get where they want to go.

  2. As a disabled person, I can only second Mr. Caldwell’s remarks, above. There are times when walking the length of a block to cross over is a painful five-minute hike, and if there are no cars, I confess I’ve crossed in mid-block. Please apply the law with compassion and sense.

  3. Thank you Teresa and Sgt. Marsh for providing this helpful video. Following is related information from WSDOT:

    Here is a summary of some of Washington’s pedestrian laws:

    Traffic signals -Pedestrians must obey traffic signals and traffic control devices unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer (RCW 46.61.050).

    Sidewalks – Drivers and bicyclists must yield to pedestrians on sidewalks and in crosswalks (RCW 46.61.261).

    Pedestrians on roadways – Pedestrians must use sidewalks when they are available. If sidewalks are not available, pedestrians must walk on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic (RCW 46.61.250).

    Bolting into traffic – No pedestrian or bicycle shall suddenly leave a curb and move into traffic so that the driver can not stop (RCW 46.61.235).

    Drivers exercise due care – Every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary (RCW 46.61.245).

    Stop for pedestrians at intersections – Vehicles shall stop at intersections to allow pedestrians and bicycles to cross the road within a marked or unmarked crosswalk (RCW 46.61.235). See Washington’s Crosswalk Law for more information.

    Yield to vehicles outside intersections – 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 (RCW 46.61.240).


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