While attending a recent Business Networking International meeting, held every Friday morning at Boulder Creek Golf Club at 7:00am, I was asked if Nevada had a Jaywalking law. This topic comes up from time-to-time and perhaps needs some explanation.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, “the act of jaywalking is to cross a street carelessly or in an illegal manner so as to be endangered by traffic.” This, definition seems to be consistent with NRS 484B.287-3, which is our jaywalking law, which states:
NRS 484B.287 When pedestrian must yield right-of-way to vehicle; when crossing at crosswalk is required; crossing diagonally.
1. Every pedestrian crossing a highway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
2. Any pedestrian crossing a highway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the highway.
3. Between adjacent intersections at which official traffic-control devices are in operation pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a marked crosswalk.
4. A pedestrian shall not cross an intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic-control devices.
5. When authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic-control devices pertaining to such crossing movements.
I should note that the fine for jaywalking, with applicable court fees, is $112.00.
Boulder City Police Department, along with graduating DARE Students, celebrates the completion of their year-long training program on May 17th, 2012 at Broadbent Park. They profess, to their peers, teachers, parents and community the harmful effects that drugs have on individuals and indeed commit to living a drug-free life. The celebration for this auspicious occasion is testimonial to the level of support these children have from the community we wish them nothing but the best in maintaining a drug-free life.
John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at Jchase@bcnv.org.