Common Intersection Interactions

Jaywalking is never legal. If you need to cross the street and there is no designated crosswalk present, you must cross the street at an intersection. Speed limits are typically higher mid-block, and it’s more difficult for drivers and bicyclists to anticipate when you’ll cross.

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Did You Know?

In 2015 in the state of Alabama
Failure to Yield Right-of-Way and Failure to Heed Signs and Signals accounted for 18% of all reported traffic accidents. That’s the number one cause of accidents and more than 27,000 crashes!

From January to December in 2016
Auburn University’s Tiger Transit provided transportation for more than 2.4 million passengers.

In 2016 in Auburn
there were an average of 168 reported traffic accidents per month. Each month, an average of 28 of these accidents resulted in injury.

Intersection Safety

Intersections are planned points of conflict where people cross paths as they travel from point A to point B. To reduce potential crashes at these points of conflict, intersections feature enhanced safety elements such as street lighting, increased signage and signals and crosswalk striping. But intersection safety is more than just following traffic signals.

Travelers in all modes of transportation encounter each other at intersections, which is why smart #IntersectionInteractions are fundamental to staying safe on the road. These interactions result from understanding how you’re intended to move through an intersection and making decisions that ensure the safety of all road users – pedestrians, drivers and bicyclists. Any time you approach an intersection, make sure you #KnowWhenToGo.

Failure To Yield

Yielding is all about YOUR safety. When you fail to yield right-of-way, you take a risk that puts you and the other travelers (drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians) on the road in potential danger. In any yielding situation, make sure you #KnowWhenToGo.

  • Anytime there is a yield sign present, you must yield right-of-way to all other vehicles and pedestrians.
  • If you’re waiting to cross the street and there is no pedestrian crosswalk signal present, you have the right-of-way only when the street is clear for you to begin crossing without causing a driver or bicyclist to slow down.
  • When making a left turn you must yield to all oncoming traffic including right turning vehicles, unless the right turn lane has a yield sign. A right turning vehicle with a yield sign must yield to all other traffic at the intersection regardless of where they are coming from.

The Fight For The Streets


Transit service in and around Auburn is a viable means of transportation and a great alternative, but the rules are different than for yellow school buses. Know the differences so you can stay safe.


As the captain of your car, it’s your duty to act responsibly behind the wheel. Drive like your family is in the car, in the crosswalk or on the bicycle next to you.


When bicycling, it’s up to you to make sure you ride your bicycle in a way that makes others around you comfortable. Treat yourself as a vehicle.


Pay attention to your surroundings and give nonverbal signals to the drivers and bicyclists around you to let them know where you’re headed. Be an intelligent pedestrian, not an entitled one.

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