With the start of the new school year, we need to be alert to students walking to school as well as students waiting at bus stops. Drivers have the responsibility to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and also while pedestrians are approaching from an adjacent lane on the other half of the road. A reminder to pedestrians: Cross only at a marked crosswalk. If a pedestrian crosses a road at any point other than a marked crosswalk, the pedestrian shall yield the right of way to any vehicle. I have walked an average of 2,300 miles a year for the last five years and encountered several close calls where motorists have not yielded the right of way even though I was in a crosswalk. Happy motoring and walking, and enjoy the new school year.

Brian Blumenauer


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As a pedestrian always be careful, even in a cross walk. As a driver always be careful and watch out for pedestrians. It really doesn't matter whom has the right or way, you don't want to hit anyone.


A good reminder. It's also good to remind pedestrians to walk when they are in a crosswalk and not saunter, stop and talk, play on cell phones, etc. Walk across the street so as not to hold up traffic for any longer than necessary. There are several streets in the downtown Frederick area where vehicles sometimes wait through an entire traffic light cycle for pedestrians to cross the sidewalk. Additionally, remind bicyclists that they need to follow the rules of the road.


If you are waiting on people walking across the road when the light is green, they are breaking the law. If you want to do a turn, then it is a problem. Some places have an all-way walk light where one can go straight, turn or corner to corner. That may fix some problems. Downtown with lots of foot traffic can be a problem.

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