SUMMARY: While cars need to yield to pedestrians and trail users when they are already in the crossing area, they should not stop otherwise. That means that trail users must observe all trail stop signs and wait for a traffic opening to cross.
LEGAL ANSWER: The State Law the sign refers to requires motorists to stop for pedestrians “in” the crosswalk. There is actually a state law that prohibits a pedestrian to enter a crosswalk when it would disrupt the flow of traffic. Motorists that stop to allow pedestrians to cross at these intersections cause rear end accidents as the car behind them may not be expecting them to stop.