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Updated: 11/13/2013 08:00:03AM

Watch your step

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Bartow Police Chief Joseph Hall

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The smooth flow of traffic, both vehicular and pedestrian is a constant issue for government. In cities like Bartow, the likelihood of increased pedestrian traffic is very high. If you live or work in the downtown area, you are within walking distance of almost everything. On the other hand, you can get from one side of Bartow to the other pretty quickly by walking as well. So, it would be reasonable to assume that pedestrian rules are important to us.

For the most part, and to keep it simple, the law requires that where sidewalks are located it is a violation for pedestrians to walk on or in a roadway meant for vehicular traffic. There are times when sidewalks are not available; during these times Florida law requires that pedestrians walk on the shoulder of the road and facing traffic as they walk.

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