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BCPD Informer
by John Chase, Sergeant
Boulder City Police Department

Yield Markers on Roadway

A lot of questions have been asked recently about the new triangular markings on the roadways. While it is no surprise that citizens have the right of way in crosswalks, we do occasionally have people get hit in them.

These triangle lines are there to serve as a reminder and a stopping/yielding point when a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, not an indication of where to speed up in an effort to whiz by the impending pedestrian prior to them stepping off the curb. Sure, some of you may laugh. However, I encourage everyone to park along Nevada Way and observe crosswalk activity. You truly can be taking your life into your own hands.

According to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, a yield line is a series of solid white isosceles triangles, pointing toward approaching vehicles. This line serves as an indicator of the required position to yield to pedestrians (stopping if necessary). This line can be supplemented with a “Yield Here to Pedestrians” sign, as can be observed on Adams Blvd. Drive carefully and yield to pedestrians.

I would be remiss not to toss words of caution to pedestrians as well. A crosswalk is not a free-for-all to jump out in front of motorists. This too occurs from time to time, pedestrians simply assume that a crosswalk is a safety area and you cannot be hurt while passing through. While you do have the right of way, the cost of not looking both ways prior to entering a crosswalk can be quite severe, regardless of who is at fault. Right of way or not, you will not catch me walking blindly into a crosswalk. Mom was right again: Look both ways prior to entering a crosswalk – it just makes sense.

Until next month lighten up, laugh and stay safe.

John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at

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