Can you be fined for walking with traffic?

The in basket: Sharell Lee writes to say that her grandson and a friend, both in their early 20s, were stopped by a county sheriff’s deputy while walking with traffic on Riddell Road toward Highway 303 about 11:30 one night in late March.
“The officer said the violation was a $145 ticket (for each) for walking on the shoulder with, instead of against, oncoming traffic.”
The deputy didn’t write any tickets, though. He just warned the two.
“Can this be true?” Sharell asked. ” Can you really be ticketed just for walking?”
The out basket: Yes, you can, though I would think $124 is a more likely figure for the fine.
State law says this: “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.”
I’m not surprised that the deputy just warned them, as it’s generally thought to be just good advice, rather than a law with a penalty. And it’s most critical at night. One night recently I passed a pedestrian dressed all in dark clothing walking with traffic into Port Orchard on the shoulder of Highway 166 near the yacht club and I could barely see him. I didn’t see any news reports of a hit pedestrian in that area in the following days, so I guess he got away with it. But I probably would have cited him had I been a police officer that night.

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