Sometimes, simply crossing a street in Alaska can become a life and death situation. In a perfect world, all motorists would act with caution and adhere to every traffic and safety regulation to keep themselves and all others who share the roadways safe. It's obviously not a perfect world, however, and a pedestrian accident can occur at any time.
Being a pedestrian does not necessarily mean one is traveling on foot. The law includes those on bicycles or even in wheel chairs as pedestrians. There are also people who have initially been driving a car, but exit briefly in order to check a flat tire or other apparent malfunction, who then become "pedestrians" while they are on the road outside their vehicles.