Pedestrian crosswalk laws are in place to protect the safety of those on foot. Crosswalks are designated areas where pedestrians have the right of way.
When you're using a crosswalk, it's generally expected that drivers will yield to you, allowing you to cross safely. However, many places have pedestrian signals, such as walk and don't walk signs. When a crosswalk is controlled by traffic lights, it's crucial to adhere to these signals. You should only start crossing when the walk signal lights up.
Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians who have the right of way can face fines and have points added to their driver’s licenses. They can also face criminal charges if their failure to obey pedestrian crosswalk laws results in someone’s injury or death.