2014 - Research

Illinois Drivers Must Stop for Pedestrian Law: Observational Study of Motorists’ Compliance

Key Takeaway: Driver compliance with a state law to yield to pedestrians was highest at crosswalks with more safety features.


  • Only 5% of drivers stopped for motorists at unmarked crosswalks, 18% at traditional crosswalks (two painted stripes defining the crosswalk boundary), and 61% at crosswalks with additional safety features (such as in-road “stop for pedestrian” signs, raised crosswalks, textured or colored sidewalks, or flashing beacons).


  • The Active Transportation Alliance published this report of an observational survey of driver behavior 52 marked and unmarked crosswalks in Chicago. Four trials of pedestrian crossing attempts were conducted at each crosswalk site.