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AB-390 Pedestrian crossing signals.(2017-2018)

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Date Published: 06/12/2017 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  June 12, 2017

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2017–2018 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 390


Introduced by Assembly Members Santiago and Ting

February 09, 2017


An act to amend Section 21456 of the Vehicle Code, relating to pedestrians.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 390, as amended, Santiago. Pedestrian crossing signals.
Under existing law, a pedestrian facing a “WALK” or approved “Walking Person” symbol may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal. Existing law makes a violation of this provision a crime.
This bill would authorize a pedestrian facing a “countdown” signal flashing “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised hand” symbol to proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal if there is sufficient time left on the countdown to reasonably complete the crossing safely. so long as he or she completes the crossing before the display of the steady “DON’T WALK OR “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol. Because the bill would change the definition of a crime, it would impose a state-mandated local program.
The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement.
This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NOYES  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 21456 of the Vehicle Code is amended to read:

21456.
 Whenever If a pedestrian control signal showing the words “WALK” or “WAIT” or “DON’T WALK” or other approved symbol is in place, the signal shall indicate as follows:
(a) A “WALK” or approved “Walking Person” symbol. A symbol means a pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown.
(b) A “countdown” signal indicating the time remaining for a pedestrian to cross the roadway. A A flashing “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol means a pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal if there is sufficient time left on the countdown to reasonably complete the crossing safely. but must complete the crossing prior to the display of the steady “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol.
(c) Flashing or A steady DON’T “DON’T WALK” or “WAIT” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol. A symbol means a pedestrian facing the signal shall not start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who started the crossing during the display of the “WALK” or approved “Walking Person” symbol and who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the steady “WAIT” or DON’T “DON’T WALK” or approved “Upraised Hand” symbol is showing.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.