The Traffic Stop: Pedestrian Control Signals

By MPD Officer Mo Hawkinson
October 22, 2015

(Standard Traffic Ordinance #14 & Kansas Statute

Annotated 8-1509 Find the exact wording

Loose meaning: Pedestrians facing a “flashing or steady walk” signal or “flashing or

steady walking person” may walk across the roadway and must be given the right-of-

way by all drivers. Pedestrians may not start to cross the roadway when a “flashing or

steady don’t walk” or “flashing or steady upraised palm” is present. However, any

pedestrian who has partially completed crossing (meaning the crossing was begun

when the light changed) may proceed to the opposing sidewalk.

In McPherson, a driver who fails to yield the right-of-way will receive a fine of $60 for a

moving violation, plus $75 Municipal Court Cost. A pedestrian who fails to obey

pedestrian crossing signals when present may be fined $30, plus $55 Municipal Court

Cost —not to mention the risk of personal injury.

“The Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the

City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes “The Traffic Stop”

and welcomes suggestions on topics to address! Please send your traffic enforcement

questions unrelated to the current topic or topic suggestions to McPherson KS Police

Department via private message. Call us if ANY question requires an immediate answer

on our non-emergency line: (620)245-1200.