Letter: Driver thinks she's entitled to road over walker
To the editor:
I just want to share my experience of being nearly hit by a sliver/grey Ford Flex or similar type vehicle recently.
I was walking across Cooper Road (northbound) at the intersection of Highway 97 around 7:45 a.m. The pedestrian signal light was displaying the walk signal and turned to flashing orange hand symbol while I was in the middle of crossing.
At that time, a silver/grey Ford Flex ran right in front of me (less than two feet away) while I was crossing more than half way across Cooper Road.
I looked back at the flashing light right away, it was counting down but still had six seconds left.
I looked at the vehicle—it was driven by a young woman and she gave me a ‘So what?’ look! She turned into the Prospera parking lot and then to A&W drive-through.
I went online and double checked the traffic rules regarding the pedestrian light. It states: A pedestrian facing a flashing or steady hand symbol should not begin to cross the road. Pedestrians, who have already begun to cross when the hand signal appears, should go as quickly as possible to a safe area. While they are crossing, pedestrians still have the right-of-way over vehicles.
I hope that the media will post my experience and people, especially the woman, will know what the proper traffic rule regarding the pedestrian light is.
I hope that nobody was or will be hit by her.