Presuming that the pedestrian crossing signal was indicating okay to cross,
I'm pretty sure that the pedestrians are supposed to have the right of way,
although I'm not finding statute on that. (The statute
yielding to pedestrians in a marked crosswalk or showing visible intent to
enter technically only applies "when traffic control devices are not in
operation". Presumably when they are, the controls are supposed to dictate
right of way. But in this scenario, both pedestrians and motorists receive
what they consider to be a "good to go" signal.)
*Erik*, if the City now has the final DOT recommendations on this and the
other Pedestrian Forum priority locations, is there any way that a public
meeting can be held virtually, to avoid further delay in responding to this
P.S. We appreciate the new pedestrian signal at Stroudwater and Main! Thank
On Wed, Apr 29, 2020 at 4:00 PM Dennis Marrotte <
Good Afternoon: At 3:30 PM today,
I was waiting first in line in the R/ H lane of the 2 Left Turn Exiting
Lanes for Westbrook's Hannaford's Store.
In the L/ H lane of the 2 Left Turn Exiting Lanes were 3 Vehicles also
waiting. As the Green Left Turn Lane Arrows came on, the 3 Vehicles to my
left started out to WCD . That was when I saw 2 PEDESTRIANS, a late Teens
boy and girl crossing the two East WCD Lanes. When they looked to their
Right and saw three vehicles coming toward them turning L, they stopped and
hesitated on the Median cutout. There was nobody behind me. Those 3 Left
turning Vehicle Drivers never stopped. The rear most driver hesitated but
kept on going. I Stopped in the middle of my Turn and seeing No more
vehicles behind me or to my Left, motioned with my Left Hand outside my
opened Driver's Window for the two PEDESTRIANS to finish walking across the
2 Westbound lanes of WCD.
All this time the East and Westbound Lanes on WCD were all Stopped with
Red Lights. I made my decision because I knew that Traffic would see Green
Lights pretty quick.
My $64 Question: In this Scenario: WHO had the Right of Way and Who is
supposed to YIELD ?
Vice Chair: WSMAC