2017 Kentucky Revised Statutes
CHAPTER 189 - TRAFFIC REGULATIONS -- VEHICLE EQUIPMENT AND STORAGE
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Pedestrians shall obey the instruction of any official traffic control devices
specifically applicable to them, unless otherwise directed by a police officer or other
officially designated persons.
(2) Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic and pedestrian control signals as provided in
KRS 189.231 and 189.338.
(3) At all other places, pedestrians shall be accorded the privileges and shall be subject
to the restrictions stated in this chapter.
(4) When traffic control signals are not in place or in operation the operator of a vehicle
shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield, to a
pedestrian crossing 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
(5) 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
operator of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass
the stopped vehicle.
(6) (a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at a 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 within the city limits of every city at which
traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place
except in a marked crosswalk.
(d) Notwithstanding other provisions of this subsection or the provisions of any
local ordinance, every operator of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid
colliding with any pedestrian and shall give warning by sounding the horn
when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing a child or
an obviously confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.
(7) No vehicle shall at any time be driven through or within a safety zone.
(8) The operator of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian on a
(9) 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.
(10) 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.
(11) Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of crosswalks.
(12) 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.
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
Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is available, any pedestrian walking on or
along 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.
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any pedestrian upon a roadway shall
yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
A pedestrian who is under the influence of alcohol or any kind of drug to a degree
which renders himself a hazard shall not walk or be upon a highway except on 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
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.
No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride.
No person shall stand on a roadway for the purpose of soliciting employment or
business from the occupant of any vehicle.
No person shall stand on a highway for the purpose of soliciting contributions
unless such soliciting is designated by the presence of a traffic control device or
warning signal or an emergency vehicle or public safety vehicle as defined in KRS
189.910 making use of the flashing, rotating or oscillating red, blue, or yellow lights
on such devices or vehicles.
No person shall 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.
Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle equipped with, and
operating, one (1) or more flashing, rotating, or oscillating red or blue lights, visible
under normal conditions from a distance of 500 feet to the front of such vehicle, and
the operator of which is giving audible signal by siren, exhaust whistle, or bell,
every pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to the emergency vehicle.
This section shall not relieve the operator of an 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.
Effective: June 17, 1978
History: Amended 1978 Ky. Acts ch. 46, sec. 8, effective June 17, 1978. -- Recodified
1942 Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. secs. 2739g69q to 2739g-69v.
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