Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 28th, 2011 at 10:11 am
SB 424, the 'Crosswalk Safety Bill' that's intended to improve the safety of people attempting to cross the street, will get a public hearing and possible vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee tomorrow (3/29) at 8:30 AM.
We shared some background on this bill last month. In short, it "Clarifies that pedestrian is crossing roadway when any part or extension of pedestrian's body moves onto roadway with intent to proceed."
Below are some bullet points being shared by local walking advocates:
- It can help reduce confusion among drivers about whether or not a pedestrian is intending to cross the street and allow them more time to stop safely.
- It gives pedestrians a tool to clearly and safely communicate to drivers their intent to cross without needing to step or roll out into a busy roadway. They may safely remain on the edge of the sidewalk.
- It provides a good education tool, among other lessons, for teaching our children and adults how to safely cross the street without going out into the road.
Learn more about the bill here.