California Vehicle Code Section 21456

21456. Whenever a pedestrian control signal showing the words WALK or WAIT or DONT WALK or other approved symbol is in place, the signal shall indicate as follows:

(a) WALK or approved Walking Person symbol. A pedestrian facing the signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal, but shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles lawfully within the intersection at the time that signal is first shown.

(b) Flashing or steady DONT WALK or WAIT or approved Upraised Hand symbol. No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of the signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed crossing shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone or otherwise leave the roadway while the WAIT or DONT WALK or approved Upraised Hand symbol is showing.

(Amended by Stats. 1981, Ch. 413, Sec. 9.)

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