Rules of the Road: Can motorhome passengers move while it's in motion?

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 29, 2013 

Question: I am considering the purchase of a motorhome and am wondering if passengers can walk around, say to the fridge, while traveling.

Answer: To be legal, all passengers are required to be in a seatbelt while the vehicle is in motion.

Q: When no sidewalks are available, are there any laws stating what side of the road one should walk /run on ? I know some states designate walking on the left facing traffic for safety in this situation.

As a runner/walker for more than 60 years, I've always followed the safe practice of running/walking on the left side of the road facing traffic to see what could hit you. This has saved my life many times. Most people who are hit were walking on the right with backs to the traffic and unable to see what was coming. To me, this is a no-brainer.

A: Your habit follows what the law says. RCW 46.61.250 Pedestrians on roadways. (2) Where sidewalks are not provided any pedestrian walking or otherwise moving along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk or move only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction and upon meeting an oncoming vehicle shall move clear of the roadway.

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David Wright is a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department who is now on the Whatcom County Traffic Safety Task Force.

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