Crosswalk crack down should be two sided
Thursday, August 9, 2012 - 2:03 pm

It’s great that Potsdam police are taking the time to crack down on motorists not yielding to the right of way of pedestrians using the crosswalks properly. How about Potsdam police do the same to the pedestrians using the crosswalks illegally, or not using the crosswalks at all (jaywalking)? Pedestrians who don’t wait for the walk signal at a signalized crosswalk are in violation of NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 1150.  Once a pedestrian is in a crosswalk, vehicles are required to yield the right of way to the pedestrian (NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 1151). If a pedestrian walks across the street in a mid-block location where there is no signal, sign, or crosswalk designated, the pedestrian yields the right of way to the motorist (NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law Section 1152). You can’t enforce only one side of the law and be fair.