Failing to stop at a marked pedestrian crossing can entail €200 fine

Look before you cross!

FAILING to stop at a duly marked pedestrian crossing can cost drivers a €200 fine and four points off their licence, the Traffic Department has reminded them.

The rules have been clarified by the General Traffic Department (DGT) and state that pedestrians and cyclists have priority over motor vehicles when they are on a pedestrian crossing, bike lane or path or a properly marked hard shoulder.
In the campaign, they point out that failing to properly use or observe pedestrian crossing can cost people much more than a fine or points off their licence.
In a report by national Spanish daily, ABC, the president of the Madrid Association of Automobile Dealers, Moises Gonzalez, is quoted as saying that pedestrian crossings are risk zones for them, but pedestrians must also take measures to avoid endangering their lives. Although they have priority on pedestrian crossings, they should only step out into the road when the speed and distance of an approaching vehicle allows for it to be done safely.
It is also recommended to always cross on a pedestrian crossing and not in an unmarked area, and make sure before you cross that the driver has seen you and is slowing down. Both drivers and pedestrians should see a crossing as a sign to slow down.
If a pedestrian is hit because of the driver, on a pedestrian crossing, despite acting responsibly, the pedestrian is entitled to compensation, if it is the pedestrian’s fault, through imprudence, they don’t. If both were in the wrong, compensation is reduced according to the fault attributed to the pedestrian.


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Jennifer Leighfield

Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics. Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.

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