Jaywalking is illegal in Poland, however, it’s legal to cross the road when the nearest zebra crossing is more than 100 meters away.
For those of you who don’t know what jaywalking is, it is an act of pedestrians walking in or crossing a roadway that has traffic, other than at a designated crossing point, or otherwise, in disregard of traffic rules.
It is considered a violation of pedestrian traffic laws and can result in fines or other penalties. It is also dangerous as it increases the risk of pedestrian accidents. It is important to follow traffic laws and use designated crossing areas for the safety of both pedestrians and drivers.
According to regulations of “Prawo o Ruchu Drogowym” (Traffic Regulations Act) crossing the road outside the pedestrian crossing is allowed only if it does not endanger traffic safety or obstruct traffic.
The pedestrian is not obliged to give priority to vehicles and should follow the shortest line to the opposite edge of the road, perpendicular to the road axis. Crossing the track separated from the road is only allowed in designated locations.
Is Jaywalking safer than crosswalks?
No, jaywalking isn’t safer than crosswalks. Jaywalking confuses the driver and it can lead to serious damage. To avoid jaywalking, it is essential to use designated crosswalks, obey traffic signals and be aware of traffic when crossing the street.
While jaywalking is a violation of the law, it is important to remember that pedestrian safety is a shared responsibility. Drivers also have a responsibility to watch for pedestrians and to obey traffic laws.
By working together, we can help to reduce the number of pedestrian accidents and ensure that our streets are safe for everyone.
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