Fairfax County is installing and maintaining highway signs at marked crosswalks specifically requiring motorists to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians crossing the highway at those signed locations. Any operator of a motor vehicle who fails to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians as required shall be guilty of a traffic infraction punishable by a fine of no less than $100 or more than $500.
Eligible intersections will need to meet the following criteria:
- At marked crosswalks where conditions or experience indicate that failure to yield is likely to result or has resulted in pedestrian injuries. For example, these signs could be installed at locations with unexpected crossings, poor sight distances, crosswalks with 35 mph or greater traffic speeds, and/or with a minimum number of three crashes involving pedestrians in the past five years.
- At marked crosswalks with a high number of crossings by children, elderly, or persons with disabilities (e.g., at a school zone or designated school crossing, or near elderly housing or a senior center).
- To make drivers aware that failing to yield to pedestrians in Fairfax County can result in higher fines, at marked crosswalks at selected high profile and/or “gateway” locations on major roadways where there is significant pedestrian traffic.
Any new Yield to Pedestrian signage will need to be funded and approved by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.