Step off the curb on a corner or crosswalk in Michigan and you take your life into your hands. Drivers will honk their horns, curse at you or swerve into other lanes — anything but come to a stop. Why not? According to the Michigan State Vehicle Code, pedestrians have the right of way. Section 257.612.(ii): "The vehicular traffic shall yield the right of way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection."
How about some common sense and courtesy? Even law enforcement officers in official cars do not yield to pedestrians in crosswalks or at corners.
With my luck, I will be crossing the street in a designated crosswalk and a motorcyclist will appear with the wind blowing through his hair, swerve rather than stop, hit a tree, suffer a brain injury and then sue me for causing an accident. Let's enforce the law and cite those that do not let pedestrians safely cross the street.
— John Hauet, Spring Lake Township