As I was driving home, I was approaching a crosswalk. Normally, there isn’t anyone at the crosswalk, but yesterday someone was there waiting to cross (actually, one of my daughter’s dance teammates crossing to go to her dance studio).
I stopped so that she could cross the street, and no less than eight vehicles went around me on the right, driving in the bike lane, before the person behind me also stopped, allowing the pedestrian to cross the street.
This follows an incident this weekend when I was stopped to make a left hand turn, waiting for a pedestrian to cross the street (while the pedestrian had a white “walk” signal no less), and the people behind me thought they would be cute and turn left behind me, coming within a foot of hitting the pedestrian.
Not only is this type of driving inconsiderate and dangerous, in Texas, it’s illegal.
Section 552.003 of the Texas Transportation Code requires drivers to yield the right of way to pedestrians who are crossing in a crosswalk when there’s no traffic signal in place.
As drivers, you need to know the law and yield to pedestrians. That’s especially true as school is back in session and young kids are now using crosswalks to get to/from school or to/from their bus stops. I just see too many cases where pedestrians suffer serious injuries because drivers don’t have the simple courtesy to follow the law.
Unfortunately, I don’t see this law enforced very often. I hope APD or someone else do what they need to do to minimize the risks for these situations.