LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Enforce pedestrian crossing law

Apr 25, 2012

 

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

Comments

newspaperlawyer

The Michigan Motor Vehicle Code Section (MMVC)
257.612 (ii) states: ...The vehicular traffic shall yield
the right of way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using
the intersection.
• Bicyclists have the same rights and rules as motorists and must also yield to pedestrians lawfully
in the roadway.
• Pedestrians have the right-of-way when actively
crossing in an un-signalized crosswalk.

257.660c Operation of bicycle upon sidewalk or pedestrian crosswalk.
Sec. 660c.

(1) An individual operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or a pedestrian crosswalk shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing a pedestrian.

(2) An individual shall not operate a bicycle upon a sidewalk or a pedestrian crosswalk if that operation is prohibited by an official traffic control device.

(3) An individual lawfully operating a bicycle upon a sidewalk or a pedestrian crosswalk has all of the rights and responsibilities applicable to a pedestrian using that sidewalk or crosswalk.

freethinker

Common sense and courtesy would be great! Just yesterday I was walking home from school and a truck not only ran a stop sign but also failed to use their turn signal. I thought they were going to continue driving straight (which would make it safe for me to cross since we were parallel), so when they turned right in front of me, I was very surprised--and thankful that I was close enough to the curb to step back. The most appalling part was when the driver flipped me off and told me to watch where I was going.

eimee

This is one of the laws that must be passed. We sometimes looked over the importance of this law. - Dan Sciscente

freddy99

This is definitely a very important law to put in place. The safety of the people walking is so important to happen. I hope they put in strict laws here. http://www.saunaray.com/

 

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