By Rob Schuette, Triad Staff
Pedestrians and motorists using Fort McCoy streets should know
that the installation follows Wisconsin state statutes for determining
the rights and responsibilities of crossing roads or streets.
Sgt. Domenic Modica, Fort McCoy traffic sergeant, said the
Wisconsin statutes generally state that pedestrians have the right of
way when crossing streets at controlled or marked crosswalks or
intersections. The statutes also include bicyclists or riders of an
electric personal assistive mobility device in the same category as
A controlled intersection is one that is controlled by traffic
lights or signs or by a traffic officer.
Because Fort McCoy doesn't have any regularly controlled
intersections, motorists and pedestrians at Fort McCoy should be
familiar with the rules for marked and unmarked crosswalks, Modica
Pedestrians have the right of way if they have started to cross
at marked crosswalks or intersections and vehicles are not present,
according to the statutes.
Pedestrians should yield to vehicles at these intersections, he
said. If they would have to make a sudden start into traffic to cross
a road or by walking, running or riding in front of a vehicle they
would cause the driver to make a sudden stop.
"If there is a specific place, such as a crosswalk or
intersection, to cross a road, we encourage all pedestrians to use
it," Modica said. "Motorists and pedestrians should be aware
we have a lot of transient military and civilian personnel here who
may not know the rules, so they should exercise additional caution to
accomplish safe crossings."
Motorists also should note that when a vehicle has stopped to
allow pedestrians to cross the road, that other vehicles following to
the rear may not pass that vehicle, he said.
Another potential safety concern is the buses or other vehicles
that transport transients to various locations on post. Modica said
the unit personnel operating these vehicles may not be familiar with
the installation and may park and allow personnel to get out at a
place other than a crosswalk or intersection.
The personnel then may step into traffic with the vehicle
obstructing their visual presence from other motorists.
These personnel often will cross streets directly after getting
out of their vehicles and create potential safety hazards, Modica
"People driving or walking on the installation need to
remember that they are sharing the streets with personnel who may not
be familiar with the streets or the rules," he said.
Pedestrians who cross roads at any place other than a marked
crosswalk or intersection must yield to all traffic, Modica said.
Personnel who visit or live in the surrounding communities are
reminded that at a controlled intersection, pedestrians have the right
of way if they have started to cross on a walk or green signal, he
For more information about crossing streets at McCoy, call
Modica at (608) 388-2044. The state regulations concerning this
subject can be found in the Wisconsin Statutes Subchapter IV
Respective Rights and Duties of Drivers, Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and
Riders of Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices, Chapter 346
sections 23-25 or at the Web site http://www.legis.state.wi.us/Statutes/Stat0346.pdf.