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Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2007 7:07 am | Updated: 7:42 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

OK, it’s official — or at least it will be this summer: That icon of a little man walking means it’s legal to cross the street.

And that orange upraised palm officially means don’t walk.

Legislation signed by Gov. Janet Napolitano amends the state traffic code to recognize those universal symbols used on crosswalk signs. The measure will take effect 90 days after the Legislature adjourns.

State law already outlines that pedestrians can leave the sidewalk when a signal reads “Walk.”

Similarly, a flashing “Don’t walk” sign means don’t enter the intersection but you can complete your trip across the street. And a solid “Don’t walk” sign means no crossing.

Only thing is, legislators never bothered to grant formal recognition to the symbols of a person walking or the upraised hand, an oversight that was discovered when some city magistrates in Phoenix began dismissing jaywalking tickets against some p e d e s t r i a n s who ignored that upraised palm.

The measure will fix that gap.

Napolitano also signed legislation to require that those who report their vehicles stolen actually sign a sworn affidavit to that effect.

Supporters say it will cut down on false reports, either from people who loaned their vehicles to friends or relatives, or from those who abandoned their cars and trucks in hopes of collecting insurance proceeds.

Other bills signed by the governor include:

• Providing some immunity from lawsuits for members of the National Guard who, in the scope of their duties and acting under a direct order, cause damage, injury or death.

• Allowing police to request someone’s blood-alcohol content from a hospital if there is reason to believe the person was drinking while driving.

• Removing Social Security numbers from some documents that have to be filed with courts in child support disputes.

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