Question: Is it illegal statewide to jaywalk or just in areas where specified? There are many bus stops, for example, that are blocks away from crosswalks. Auburn Way for example. Are we truly expected to walk to the nearest crosswalk when in some cases those getting off the bus live right across the street?
Dorothy Churchill, Bonney Lake
Answer: State law doesn’t say you have to be in a crosswalk to cross a street. What it says is you can’t cross in the middle of a block if there are intersections at each end that are controlled by signals.
If you see a sign that says “No Pedestrian Crossing,” don’t do it. Otherwise, if you’re between uncontrolled intersections, you can go ahead and cross, but you do have to yield the right of way to all vehicles.
Keep in mind, though, that some cities have additional restrictions. Some prohibit crossing between all intersections, regardless of whether they’re controlled.