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The Blotter
With Sergeant E. Flax, NPD

Crosswalks

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. It’s 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/Don’t Walk sign, follow the advice of the sign before starting out into the roadway.

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 eric.flax@norfolk.gov and I look forward to “Seeing you in the Green”.

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