Crossing the street.

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    LoveWS
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    Am I correct in that cars need to stop for pedestrians at crosswalks AND at corners?

    I’m shocked at how cars do not stop for pedestrians. This morning I crossed in a marked crosswalk when it was clear enough, and the guy sped up and gave me a dirty look, I guess for slowing him down.

    I’ve seen moms with their kids in strollers waiting forever at corners and crosswalks, nobody stopping. What’s up with that? Are people really that self involved and excited to get to their cubicle they can’t stop for a few seconds at a legal crossway??

    Please stop for people!

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    TSurly
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    #929490

    DaveB
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    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=46.61.235.

    If the pedestrian is in the crosswalk, drivers have to stop. If the pedestrian is on the sidewalk, drivers don’t (Section 1), but it seems like the polite thing to do.

    This means that a pedestrian has to step into the crosswalk before drivers are legally obligated to stop. And because the pedestrian can’t head into traffic without giving a driver ample opportunity to stop (section 2), it can be a tricky proposition.

    #930262

    George_WS
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    Totally agree with you jm18! I’ve been nearly hit three times in the last month while crossing the street. Drivers are not used to pedestrians crossing and they just don’t watch out for them while making a turn.

    I’d love to hear suggestions for how not to get hit while crossing. Now, I just don’t cross if I see a car waiting to make a turn.

    #930297

    DaveB
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    A couple things that have worked for me to get cars to stop (or at least slow down):

    Make eye contact with the driver and lean out a bit like you are going to step out into the street.

    If it’s getting dark, turn on the light on you phone and shake your hand to get the driver’s attention.

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