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Reducing the pedestrian death toll, one crosswalk at a time

By queen
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009 at 12:15 pm in Misc. Transportation.

If you happen to be driving in San Francisco’s Ingleside district today, keep a sharp eye out for pedestrians in the crosswalk. According to online newspaper SF Appeal, police will be conducting pedestrian stings at the crosswalks. To be more exact, decoys who appear to be everyday citizens will step foot in the crosswalk, and if approaching drivers don’t stop for them, pow! out comes the ticket book.

The Queen is not always a fan of sting operations, but such actions seem justified when one considers the fact that the hapless pedestrian is competing with tons of steel. In case this action seems Draconian, here’s the applicable section of California’s Vehicle Code:
Right-of-Way at Crosswalks
21950.  (a) The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

(Photo: PEDS.org on flickr.)

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One Response to “Reducing the pedestrian death toll, one crosswalk at a time”

  1. DensityDuck Says:

    You know, as a pedestrian, I always figured that it was more appropriate for me to NOT STEP IN FRONT OF ONCOMING TRAFFIC. I’m more maneuverable, more alert, and infinitely more vulnerable.

    If my ass gets run over by a bus, the fact that the CVC declared this an illegal action by the bus driver will be of little solace to me!

    Besides which, if a cop saw me run out in front of a car for the express reason of causing the driver to make a sudden panic-brake stop, then who would he reprimand–me, or the driver?

    Not to mention the fact that you KNOW they’re going to be ticketing for “pedestrian in crosswalk” even when the pedestrian was in fact exiting the crosswalk on the other side of a divided road…

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