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Monday, May 19, 2008

Crosswalk Wars

Scene:Driving down Spring Garden, with two friends, sunny day.There’s quite a bit of traffic, seeing as it’s almost 4pm. Things were moving pretty slowly.I notice a cop on a bike beside me and make a remark about how it’s “cool” then carry on driving

Posted on Mon, May 19, 2008 at 6:46 PM

Scene:

Driving down Spring Garden, with two friends, sunny day.

There’s quite a bit of traffic, seeing as it’s almost 4pm. Things were moving pretty slowly.

I notice a cop on a bike beside me and make a remark about how it’s “cool” then carry on driving.

Out of the corner of my eye I see people starting to step onto the crosswalk from the sidewalk to my left, on the opposite side of the street from where I was.

I didn’t stop, because I noticed them a second too late and because I was more or less already in the crosswalk.

Next thing I know, the cop pulls up beside me on his little bicycle and tells me to pull over.

I pull over, just before Queen Street.

He tells me that I didn’t stop for the pedestrians and notes that they were almost halfway across the street. Almost.

The reason, I forgot to note, that I didn’t notice them right away was because of the amount of traffic coming both ways up and down Spring Garden.

Another note: I am pretty sure that the pedestrians were very far from any harm whatsoever, and I very much doubt they noticed that I was “endangering” them.

My point:

If you want drivers to be more aware of pedestrians, who have a tendency to jump out without looking, all crosswalks should be marked with a light, or at least a distinct sign.

As far as I can tell, HRM is only “cracking down” on this crosswalk-pedestrian law because they want to make more money. At almost $400 a pop, there is no way they couldn’t.

I am aware that I should have noticed the pedestrians.

I am aware that it was my fault.

However, I am unaware as to what the “fault” is exactly. No one was hurt. In fact, no one was even near being hurt, except for my pocket.

Will this help me to notice pedestrians crossing very busy streets during heavy traffic? I very much doubt so.

A Frustrated Driver

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