Stop at Crosswalks

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I used to be a full time resident on this gorgeous island. I am still local and my sons still live here part-time and are involved in many activities here. I drive on and off the island frequently. I was on the island tonight to pick up my son and came early. I decided it would be fun to spend 10 minutes on the beach.

I needed to cross Estero Blvd and was at the Beach Baptist crosswalk. I stood there and multiple cars passed taking no notice. When the closer lane was clear, the farther lane had a car making a turn so cars behind had to stop. Because this was before the crosswalk I decided it was safe to cross. Boy was I wrong! I’m fortunate to still be alive! One car swerved around the turning car AND ME when I was over halfway through this intersection. After that, a convertible car with adults was behind and began shouting profanities and honking. Other cars behind were honking as I finished crossing. This is a reminder to the Council and to all the motorists who drive on FMB that Florida State Law states the following (Ref 316.130 7b):

“The driver of a vehicle at any crosswalk where signage so indicates shall stop and remain stopped to allow a pedestrian to cross a roadway when the pedestrian is in the crosswalk or steps into the crosswalk and is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.”

We need better signage and motorists need to be mindful to stop and yield to pedestrians who are using crosswalks appropriately and for their own safety.

 

Sheila Russell

Fort Myers