TABLE OF CONTENT
- What are the main pedestrian violations
- Recommendations in other regulations that must be taken into account
None of the Traffic Regulations in Mexico sanctions the application of fines to pedestrians who violate the regulations. This is a problem since in many accidents the person responsible is the pedestrian. As the beginning of an improvement in the rules, the Traffic Regulations of Mexico City specify that the pedestrian may be verbally warned by the traffic officer.
What are the main pedestrian violations?
The Traffic Regulations of each state include various articles for pedestrians to obey. However, the Traffic Regulations are hardly read by a small fraction of people who drive vehicles, much less by those who do not, who are pedestrians.
There are some differences between the various regulations. For this guide, the recommendations of the Traffic Regulations of Mexico City were taken. Some of the most common violations are:
- Cross on any part of the street, instead of on corners or zebra crossings.
- On the primary roads, the crossing is only allowed at the corners or at the crosswalks specially indicated for pedestrians.
- On secondary roads with a maximum of 2 lanes, it is allowed to cross anywhere, as long as it is done with all the precautions and ensuring that it is possible to pass.
- Although there are uneven pedestrian crossings, the regulation authorizes not to use them if they are located more than 30 meters from the crossing point.
- Do not give the right of way to other pedestrians. The standards say:
- Give right of way to people who use technical aids or with limited mobility. It even indicates helping such people.
- Obey the signals of road agents and other persons in charge of it.
- If they travel in recreational vehicles on pedestrian walkways they must:
- Give preference to other pedestrians.
- Do not travel faster than 10 km per hour.
- Do not hold on to other vehicles.
- Crossing the street without checking on both sides that you have the time to do it safely.
Recommendations in other regulations that must be taken into account
Although the Regulations of Mexico City do not specify some precautions, for the safety of the pedestrian it is advisable to apply them. The main ones include, for example, by the Veracruz regulation are:
- Do not cross the streets diagonally. This prolongs the crossing time and exposes the pedestrian longer.
- Avoid crossing in front of public transport vehicles that have stopped momentarily.
If you are bringing children or older adults, remember to hold them by hand and keep an eye on them.