FOLLOWUP: ‘Driver report card’ signs, week 6

If SDOT sticks with the originally announced schedule, this could be the last update on the so-called “driver report card” signs in High Point, installed in hopes of raising awareness of the need to stop for pedestrians at intersections, whether they have marked crosswalks or not. Above, the 34th/Morgan marked crosswalk had a 26 percent stop rate in this week’s check, down 1 percent from last week. The unmarked crossing on Sylvan Way was up one percent:

We’ll be checking on Monday to see if the signs will indeed be moved elsewhere after this week. The original announcement suggested Rainier Beach would be next.

6 Replies to "FOLLOWUP: 'Driver report card' signs, week 6"

  • dc April 24, 2022 (6:10 am)

    Super job West Seattle. Just fantastic work.The only profession I know where a 26% success rate is any good is baseball, and thankfully strikeouts don’t generally put lives in danger.We have failed miserably in just about every area of our transportation systems. We reap what we’ve sown.Fixing it will take dramatic, drastic, radical change. Incrementalism doesn’t change minds. We must stop accommodating cars first and instead build an environment actively hostile to them so that others can be safe.There isn’t another way anymore. Anything else is dishonesty.

    • Burgerman April 24, 2022 (2:01 pm)

      Dc – you can take my car away over my cold dead body, and no other way. It’s possible to drive responsibly – I can attest – because I do it. We have a bunch of people in this city and community who come from other cities and  countries all over the world, some of which do not put the priority on pedestrians that we do. Education is the key – not knee-jerk shotgun blasts that “solve” a problem by creating a myriad of other ones. “Progressive” thought is so unthoughtful and tunnel-visioned sometimes.

    • Auntie April 24, 2022 (4:33 pm)

      There is your point of view and then there is reality. Yes, we need change, but your “nuclear” commentary isn’t the way to get there.

  • anonyme April 24, 2022 (12:19 pm)

    I tend to agree with you, DC.  Meanwhile, this moronic campaign using signs and high school kids should be stopped immediately and taxpayer dollars put to better use – like some serious traffic enforcement. I’ve never seen a city so eager to spend endless dollars passive-aggressively begging and cajoling people to obey the law, while simultaneously doing anything possible to avoid enforcing it.

    • M April 24, 2022 (5:37 pm)

      The spending on this campaign is from a WTSC grant. It cannot go to other uses, like traffic enforcement, the funds for this have to be spent on driver education. Here’s some additional information:

      • anonyme April 25, 2022 (6:32 am)

        These ‘education’ grants have been completely ineffective for decades.  I don’t care what the source is, it’s still a waste of taxpayer money – much like ‘Vision Zero’.  The Seattle approach of enforcing the law based on social perception is unjust and unworkable, with the fallback position being to not enforce the law at all.  The result is an increasingly dangerous and degrading city, far from the ‘most livable’ status it once enjoyed.  I expect a few hefty fines might be very educational indeed.

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