With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD
The downtown area and the city for that matter is
covered with pedestrian walkways and every day I
see instances that cause me concern for those who
disregard the rules of the road.
Now, I should offer that the blame is usually equally
distributed between the driver and the pedestrian.
Its no secret that we are all in a hurry,
breaks are shorter and work days are longer. However,
I hope to get both sides thinking about how pedestrians
and vehicles can safely exist as we carry on with
our busy lives.
Pedestrian walkways are governed by Virginia State
Code, 46.2-924: Drivers to stop for pedestrians;
installation of certain signs; penalty. And while
the code is somewhat lengthy, I wanted to summarize
it into a few easy to remember tips;
1. If a pedestrian is in the street/crosswalk then
allow them to cross
2. If traffic is coming and you are on the curb,
wait for the traffic to clear (remember what you
mother told you about looking both ways before you
cross the street)
3. If there is a Walk/Dont Walk sign, follow
the advice of the sign before starting out into
We all need to share the road and I hope these tips
will give you something to consider as you navigate
the streets of our beautiful city.
Please keep those emails and suggestions coming
to email@example.com and I look forward to Seeing
you in the Green.