It’s an almost daily occurrence to spot drivers who stop well past the stop line. Most of the time, the drivers could easily stop before the line, but they ease on out past it anyways. These simple stop lines actually can have more than one function. They can give safe passage for pedestrians in the crosswalk and enable a safe turning radius for buses. Â Usually the car that is past the line will have to back up anyways to make room for the bus, adding yet another element of danger.
I’ve had to walk out into intersections on numerous occasions downtown. Â The driver is usually looking left at traffic to make a right turn on a red light, and not at the person that is walking right in front of them coming from the right hand side. It’s treacherous, and I usually sprint across the street in these cases. That’s obviously not ideal for all of our citizens.
This is a case where the street design already tells us what to do, yet it is routinely ignored by a decent percentage of the population. Keep this in mind whenever a topic comes about such as the perceivedÂ lawlessness of cyclists, or any time an accident involves a pedestrian and the comment thread on the web article appears to place blame on the victim. Abiding the rules is important for everyone, but this one in particular can have serious consequences if ignored.