Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio legislature: Restore pedestrian rights of way in traffic signal laws
  • Petitioning Jerry Wray

This petition will be delivered to:

Ohio Department of Transportation Director
Jerry Wray
Ohio Senate Transportation Committee Chair
Gayle Manning
Ohio House of Representatives Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Chair
Rex Damshroder

Ohio Department of Transportation and Ohio legislature: Restore pedestrian rights of way in traffic signal laws

    1. Patricia Kovacs
    2. Petition by

      Patricia Kovacs

      Gahanna, OH

The pedestrian laws were changed effective June, 2012 with Ohio House Bill 349 to incorporate changes related to an update of the Ohio Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. In particular, Ohio Revised Code 4511.14 was updated to remove the requirement that pedestrians facing a WALK signal "shall be given the right-of-way by operators of all vehicles", replaced with the requirement that "the pedestrian shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that the walking person signal indication is first shown." Similar changes were made in Ohio revised code 4511.13 regarding right and left turns on red and requiring pedestrians to yield at the start of the green signal and yellow flashing arrow (a new signal type).

Children are taught to walk when they see the WALK signal. Pedestrians who are blind expect to be given the right of way when they hear the audible signal. Vehicle operators should always yield the right of way to pedestrians lawfully in the intersection.

Pedestrian fatalities have increased by 10% each year since 2008. 115 pedestrians were killed on Ohio roads in 2012. Pedestrian right-of-way must be restored in our traffic laws. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Pedestrian law change not to be in HB 35

      Patricia Kovacs
      Petition Organizer

      I have decided to wait for a separate bill to get these pedestrian laws updated. I was told by Representative McGregor that I need to get ODOT approval before the legislators would approve these law changes. So, I will continue to work with ODOT and other groups to agree that these laws are misguided. In the meantime, I hope you can ask others to please sign this petition to show that Ohioans do not agree with these changes. Thanks to all of you who have signed on.

    3. Reached 100 signatures
    4. Last sessions House Bill 349

      Patricia Kovacs
      Petition Organizer

      If you'd like to read the HB 349 that changed these laws last year, it can be found here:
      Search for 4511.13 and 4511.14 in that bill.

    5. Reached 5 signatures
    6. Proposed changes to traffic laws

      Patricia Kovacs
      Petition Organizer

      The proposed changes to the traffic laws may be found at this link:


    Reasons for signing

    • Joel Knepp COLUMBUS, OH
      • 2 months ago

      The "Walk" signal implies a protection to pedestrians which should be honored.

    • Beverly Alloway FINDLAY, OH
      • 3 months ago

      For the past several years when I have been already in the crosswalk when the 'walk' logo is lit, cars coming down the street with the intent of making either left or right turns come through the intersection even if I'm nearly 1/2 way across the street, and continue, expecting me to get out of their way either by returning to the curb or running in hopes that I'll make it out of their way in time. Then they yell that I need to watch for traffic. (When I began to cross when the light and sign gave me the ok, they were way down the street, far enough that they hadn't yet begun to signal their intentions.

      Yesterday my husband stepped off a curb into a marked crosswalk, just after the walk display lit up, and a car making a right turn drove around the corner, which would have hit him, had he not jumped back on the curb. The driver's reaction was to yell at him to watch for traffic. How are we supposed to know what the intentions of the driver of the vehicle are when he assumes he has the right of way?

    • Charles Wiederhold CINCINNATI, OH
      • 9 months ago

      We should all work towards a safer, more charitable, patient world!

    • Carli Isgrigg BEXLEY, OH
      • 11 months ago

      I saw a young guy get hit by a car in a crosswalk because the driver failed to slow down or stop since the crosswalk was not at a stoplight.

    • Helen Mirau BEAVERCREEK, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      My son was almost killed riding a bike across the crosswalk. He waited for the "Walk " sign. He was hit by a driver in a Honda Pilot SUV, making a right turn. She initially told my son "I thought I had the green light". When the police came, she changed her story and states she had the green light. Police took statements. Said it's a case of he said, she said. Case closed. Her bumper is cracked, but She walked away without a ticket. We have no leverage because laws do not protect the pedestrians.


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