This subject is not as simple as it may sound. At intersections where there is no pedestrian signal, pedestrians should cross in conjunction with the traffic signals. In other words, cross when the facing light turns green, being sure to watch out for cars running red lights or making turns into your path. Keep an extra sharp eye over your shoulder for cars turning right.
At intersections where there is a pedestrian signal, cross when the "Walk" or walking pedestrian symbol lights up. A flashing "Don't Walk" or upraised hand symbol means that if you haven’t yet entered the intersection, it’s too late to cross the street before the traffic signal changes. If already in the intersection, you should have ample time to get to the other side safely. A steady "Don't Walk" or upraised hand signal means it’s too late to begin crossing. Do not enter the street, but quickly finish crossing if you already have started.
Cross With Caution
Although the pedestrian signal indicates your legal right to cross an intersection, it is important to be cautious when crossing any street. Cross intersections defensively. Regardless of the presence of a pedestrian signal, cross as quickly as possible. Minimize your time in the roadway. Always watch for turning vehicles.
In short, you do have the legal right to cross, but that doesn’t protect you from a careless motorist.
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