7 Nov 2009, 12:58pm
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dear oregon drivers, THIS IS THE LAW:

Under Oregon law, a crosswalk exists at any public street intersection, whether marked with paint or unmarked. Crosswalks also exist between intersections (mid-block) where indicated with white paint.

At a traffic signal, drivers must:

* Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which the driver is traveling and the adjacent lane.
* Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which the driver’s vehicle is turning and at least 6 feet of the adjacent lane.

At any other crosswalk – those without a signal – drivers must:

* Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane in which the driver is traveling and the adjacent lane.
* Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians until they have cleared the lane into which the driver’s vehicle is turning and the adjacent lane.
* Stop and remain stopped for students crossing (or about to cross) a street under the direction of a crossing guard.
* Stop and remain stopped for a blind or blind and deaf pedestrian using a cane or a guide dog, until the pedestrian is completely across the roadway.

“A stopped car may be a clue that a pedestrian is crossing,” [Julie] Yip[, Safe Routes to School coordinator for the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Safety Division,] said. “Don’t pass until you know what is going on. In fact, it is not only unsafe but also illegal in Oregon to pass a vehicle stopped at a crosswalk for a pedestrian.”

from the Oregon DOT, emphasis mine.

OKAY, MOTHERFUCKERS!?

fuck our car culture that privileges the convenience of drivers over the safety of much more vulnerable road users. FUCK. IT.

two reedie women were hit last week in a marked crosswalk by a dude who isn’t even being charged with anything. one of them is dead and the other will probably never wake up from her coma. i just now got honked and swore at (by the driver of a car passing a car that was stopped for me) while coming home from the grocery store, which is nothing, but GODDAMNIT I AM SO PISSED OFF. actually it is not nothing–it is small-scale terrorism. fuck that; i will not be afraid.

7 Nov 2009, 1:47pm
by dorkas


yeah. i too have been feeling angry angry angry. especially here in illinois where the drivers REALLY don’t respect the crosswalks, at all, ever. i yell at them a lot. fuck.

7 Nov 2009, 3:08pm
by scoots


I like to follow those cars until they park (or just keep an eye out further down the road), then wipe the giant goober of dirty grease off my chain, then carefully deposit it on the underside of the driver’s side door.

7 Nov 2009, 3:09pm
by scoots


I mean door handle.

this totally makes me curious about the crosswalk laws here in massachusetts. i know that the metro was talking about how some government officials were trying to make the jaywalking fine higher — it’s currently a $1 — because ppl are getting hit by cars more often. i don’t think it has anything to do with us. it has a lot more to do with the cars & traffic here. it’s true we jaywalk all of the time, but the drivers definitely don’t give a shit! it’s ridiculous!

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