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  • Ziggy 

    My poor little feelings aren't hurt, TexicanTelly. :-)
    It is amazing how this crosswalk safety issue has made many people take notice.
    Yes, common sense would be NOT to step in front of an on-coming car, because gee-golly-willikers you might get killed.
    However, you got people yakking and/or texting on their mobile while driving, carelessly driving over the speed limit, tail-gating the car in front of them....
    So, the topic has become important enough for discussion and now people no only know about this trail, they will hopefully take some precaution while walking on it and enjoying some exercise; take precautions while driving past the crosswalks (especially before the blinking light installations), and maybe have a chat with their kids about safety on the trail.
    Next, the trail issue will be - "Should truant officers monitor the trail during the school year?"
    Personally, I love having the trail. In spite of the issues, it's a great amenity for the surrounding neighborhoods.
    Take care.

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  • Ziggy 

    The trail crosswalk safety issue has been of great interest to me recently. Thanks for tapping the local-yocals as to when lights and other safety stuff will be installed. I stand corrected on the pedestrian/vehicle crosswalk rule of law. However, I found this info on the TX Dept. of Public Safety web site re: crosswalks. Maybe, this is why there is a "common misconception" regarding crosswalk right-of-way. Also, I was mis-informed about this issue when I took a defensive driving course a few years ago.

    TX Driver's Handbook page 5-21 states:

    "White crosswalk lines are painted on the road to indicate pedestrian crossing areas. Pedestrians should use these areas when crossing the road. At intersections where stop lines are missing, you must stop before the crosswalk when required to stop by traffic signs or signals or pedestrians."

    (The handbook is accessible online.)

    My main purpose when I first blogged about this a couple of weeks ago was to bring the safety issue to the public's attention. I did see some concerns about it. (I cleared out my blogs as I will not be blogging anymore. It is no longer viewable.)

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  • Ziggy 

    VISD Mom:
    I understand logistics. I put this out because most drivers have forgotten that particular little law, especially if it has been a few years (for most of us, quite a number of years) since they've even cracked that book open or took a Defensive Driving course. The liability is there whether you adhere to it or not.
    Personally, I don't care to flippin' run anyone over because it's too inconvenient to slow down KNOWING that there is a trail crossing on that stretch of road.
    I know that if I am walking that I'm not going to step out into the road playing Russian roulette with vehicles. Common sense used by both driver & pedestrian is essential.

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  • Ziggy 

    Yep, as I've stated on a blog here recently. It is dangerous. I'm still puzzled as to why the blinking lights are taking so long to be installed. They should have been on the "first things first" list to put in.

    t3hMalk:
    As for whether or not to stop to let people cross, I found this info on the TX Dept. of Public Safety re: crosswalks.

    TX Driver's Handbook page 5-21 states:

    "White crosswalk lines are painted on the road to indicate pedestrian crossing areas. Pedestrians should use these areas when crossing the road. At intersections where stop lines are missing, you must stop before the crosswalk when required to stop by traffic signs or signals or pedestrians."

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    Aye, just one of the small wonders in life to ponder. :-)

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    My thanks to all of you at VA who put this broadcast together. I think there should be more of these debates.

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    Wow, what a day! God bless you for sharing your faith. I'll keep you & yours in my prayers, RG

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