Let me make this perfectly clear. I live in
That’s in between
Now you’ll notice I didn’t say I live between
Some years ago my ex-wife stepped off a curb in
And this has always been the protocol where I live. If you step out into the street into moving traffic and get hit, then shame on you. Will the driver get a ticket? Maybe. Maybe not.
And if you’re diving and someone steps out in front of you what are you expected to do? Swerve and avoid them if possible. Blow your horn. Give them the finger. Are you supposed to stop and “yield” to them? Fuggedaboudit.
There’s a train station in my town, but there are no traffic lights right at the station, so for people to cross
So a couple years ago the town put in a couple of fancy brick crosswalks across
Last year at this time I saw our local Police Department in a major crosswalk sting operation. I saw a guy wearing a t-shirt and dark pants, and he seemed vaguely familiar - turns out he was one of the local officers who had taken off his uniform shirt. And he was strolling from the sidewalk into the crosswalk. Half a block down was a second, uniformed, officer standing between parked cars. When someone would not yield to the “pedestrian”, the second officer would step out into the street, wave over the driver, and give them a ticket. (I guess we’re lucky there’s no bigger crimes in our town to deal with). Well, I only saw this happening one morning. Presumably, hopefully, there was such outrage over the use of expensive resources for a crime roughly equivalent to jaywalking that the police were re-assigned to more appropriate duty.
But did the city give up? NO! Then they managed to get a state grant for $$$??? I-don’t-know-how-much to imbed a row of yellow lights in the street on both sides of these crosswalks, and when a pedestrian wants to cross they push a button by the curb, and these yellow lights instantly start flashing. Since there’s about 20 lights across the street on each side of the crosswalk it’s almost impossible for a driver to not see them.
And I noticed, that actually worked . . . most of the time. Most, but not all, drivers yielded (after all, this is
So now to the reason for my post. Today I was out for a walk. And I happened, just happened, to want to cross in the middle of the block where one of these crosswalks is located. So I looked to my left, noticed traffic coming (so I stopped knowing I would be run over if I proceeded), looked to my right and was watching traffic approach from the right while I was waiting for the traffic from the left to pass. Funny thing, the traffic from the left never came past, so I turned my head back to the left and was shocked – the cars had stopped and were waiting patiently for me to cross??!! I nodded a “thank you” and proceeded.
But here’s the problem. THIS IS NEW
I’ve got to admit - the older I get the harder it is to accept change, even when it is for the better.
This is the crosswalk, with the "Yield" sign in the middle of the street, and the now covered-in-orange-trashbag-so-you-can't-