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Watch out for pedestriansPosted Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at 3:10 PM
In general, when people traveling on foot are crossing the street on a clearly marked crosswalk, the law favors them. That's even more true when the crosswalk has a "WALK / DON'T WALK" signal.
Apparently, however, some Bedford County drivers missed that part of their driver handbook.
I was on my way up to the square just now, walking west on Depot Street, when I got to the State Route 82 bypass and pushed the button. I waited for the "WALK" signal. There were several cars beside me on Depot waiting for the green light.
The first car made a right-on-red turn just before the signal changed. That's fine; he was well within his legal rights. But my "WALK" signal started flashing while driver #1 was making his turn, and so driver #2 should have stopped and given me the right of way. He didn't; he apparently had some urgent appointment to bring peace to the Middle East or create cold fusion or what have you.
After driver #2 passed, I stepped into the crosswalk, and driver #3 actually honked at me, as if to say, "What do you think you're doing, crossing the street legally at a clearly-marked pedestrian crossing with a 'WALK' signal?"
I pointed at the signal, and driver #3 just ignored me and made the turn. By that time, of course, the "DON'T WALK" signal had started to flash.
What is it that turns some people to idiots, jerks or both the moment they get behind the wheel?
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