You Don't Follow Pedestrian Rules

No pedestrian shall walk along and upon a roadway where a sidewalk adjacent to such roadway is provided and the use thereof is practicable. Where a sidewalk is not provided each pedestrian walking along and upon such roadway shall walk only on the shoulder thereof and as far as practicable from the edge of such roadway. Where neither a sidewalk nor a shoulder is provided each pedestrian walking along and upon such roadway shall walk as near as practicable to an outside edge of such roadway. (If you're walking abreast you're not walking near the outside edge). If such roadway carries motor vehicle traffic traveling in opposite directions each pedestrian shall walk only upon the left side of such roadway. (You're facing traffic).
A pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a crosswalk or any unmarked crosswalk shall yield the right of way to vehicles. If there is a tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing vehicles have the right-of-way. (Use the pedestrian walkways). Forbidden to cross diagonally unless there is a pedestrian-control signal or a police officer. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway between adjacent intersections at which traffic or pedestrian-control signals are in operation except within a marked crosswalk. (Jaywalking). When in a crosswalk walk to the right half whenever possible. (This allows room for pedestrians crossing in the opposite direction).
If you are drunk or high on drugs do not walk or stand upon any part of a roadway – it's illegal. Don't make furtive (quick) movements from a safe place (the sidewalk) into the path of a car. Pedestrian are required to yield to emergency vehicles. Basically each pedestrian upon a roadway shall yield the right-of-way to each vehicle upon such roadway. Although each operator of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian, (Don't fight it – you lose every time), or person propelling a human powered vehicle shall give a reasonable warning by sounding a horn or other noise device to avoid a collision. (So, don't get mad at him for blowing his horn, he's merely following the law). Pedestrians are generally not allowed on Interstates or where prohibited by a sign. Necessity may come into play if your car breaks down on a prohibited highway. No one, including the law, expects you to stay there forever. In most cases staying in or by your car is the safest thing to do. (If you have any specific questions check with your own state laws).


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