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denizen - That's not just a misunderstanding. It's a driver violating the law. The crosswalk is part of the intersection. The driver is forbidden to enter the intersection against the light, unless the way is clear to make the turn.

Of course, obeying this law when the crosswalk is clear of pedestrians would make it impossible to make a right on red in many circumstances where it would be perfectly safe to do so. Which is why drivers routinely ignore this law. Just like pedestrians routinely ignore signals when it is safe to do so.

The issue here is that pedestrians are being ticketed for routine, safe behavior that is technically illegal. There are no safety campaigns ticketing drivers for entering intersections before they are sure they can exit. There are no safety campaigns ticketing drivers for going 1 mph over the speed limit.

by Ben Ross on Jan 30, 2013 3:25 pm • linkreport

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