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Posted on: March 13, 2019

Morgantown Police Remind Residents to be Mindful of Traffic Laws as Warm Weather Approaches

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The Morgantown Police Department is reminding all pedestrians, bicyclists and motor vehicle operators to use caution and obey all traffic laws as more bicyclist and pedestrians take to the road as the weather improves.

Pedestrians are reminded to pay attention to all vehicular traffic and cross roadways at marked crosswalks. Pedestrians are able to cross at marked crosswalks only when pedestrian crosswalk signals alert them to. In those areas that are not controlled, pedestrians are prohibited from quickly stepping out onto the street and must wait until it is safe to cross. Pedestrians should not walk in, around or near roadways while distracted by electronic devices such as texting, talking on cell phones or similar activities.

Bicyclists are required to ride with the flow of traffic and follow all traffic regulations. This includes stopping at red lights and stop signs. Bicyclists are granted the full use of the lane of travel that they are using. Bicyclists are required to have a white light and red reflectors mounted and in operation on the bicycle when operated at night. Additionally, when operating a bicycle within the city limits of Morgantown, bicycle operators are required to wear a protective helmet.

Motorists are reminded to adhere to speed limits and follow all traffic signals. Failure to yield to pedestrians and the disregard of traffic signals are strictly prohibited and will result in the issuance of citations when observed by law enforcement. Drivers are also reminded that operating a motor vehicle while utilizing an electronic device is illegal and will result in the issuance of traffic citation.