ABILENE, Texas — In February, the Abilene City Council voted to revise an ordinance regulating pedestrians on or near roadways. Beginning Monday, the new ordinance will be enforced by the Abilene Police Department.

According to the APD, violations of the ordinance is a Class C misdemeanor, with a fine up to $500 possible. A release from APD said the goal of the ordinance is to ensure the safety of pedestrians, as well as drivers, on some of the busiest intersections and thoroughfares within the city.

Here is the ordinance, as written: 

Secs. 18-167. Stopping, Standing, Sitting or Remaining at Certain Intersections within the City of Abilene  (a) No pedestrian or other person, who is within a roadway, may stop, stand, sit or remain in any intersection or crosswalk for a period longer than is necessary to traverse said intersection or crosswalk.  (b) No pedestrian or other person may stop, stand, sit or remain within the immediate vicinity of any vehicle stopped on a roadway.  (c) It is specifically provided, however, that a pedestrian or other person may stop, stand, sit or remain on the surrounding sidewalks, but not in or on the roadway itself  (d) No pedestrian or other person shall stop, stand, sit or remain on or under any portion of a median, bridge, overpass, or viaduct for longer than is necessary to safely traverse said median, bridge, overpass or viaduct.  (e) The above provisions apply at the following locations:  

(I) All intersections, access roads, and ramps adjacent to Winters Freeway from S. 1st Street to Buffalo Gap Road  

(2) All intersections adjacent to:  

Buffalo Gap Road from S. 27th Street to Antilley Road  

Southwest Drive from Winters Freeway to Catclaw Drive