November 16, 2012
A pedestrian, who police say was jaywalking on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park Thursday night, died after being struck by a pickup truck. Cheryl Lynn Knick, 57, of the 5100 block of Brookwood Road in the same neighborhood, died at Harbor Hospital soon after the 7:44 p.m. accident on the highway, south of the intersection with 11th Avenue West. The truck was traveling south on the highway. Its driver, a 53-year-old Gambrills man, swerved to avoid the victim, who was not crossing at a designated crosswalk and had failed to yield to southbound traffic, police said.
May 20, 2012
As traffic officer Bobby Brown began his weekday afternoon shift at Pratt and Light streets, he was quickly drawn into the dangerous dance involving pedestrians and motorists. A motorist didn't see three pedestrians as he made a sharp left-hand turn, but stopped just in time. Another driver skidded to avoid hitting a woman holding a baby who tried to dart across six lanes of traffic - against the light. Brown's whistle was put to the test, as one of Baltimore's most seasoned traffic officers worked hard to bring order to one of the city's busiest intersections.
July 8, 2011
Wasting money on decorative brick crosswalks is not going to solve the traffic/speed problem on Rolling Road ("Rolling Road work may get on a fast track," Catonsville Times, June 22). Baltimore County might as well not do anything and not waste taxpayer money. We don't need fancy, expensive crosswalks on dangerous roads. Instead, we need a traffic light at Newburg Avenue and South Rolling Road. Newburg Avenue is a cut-through street for many neighborhoods. This intersection is highly confusing for motorists, pedestrians, high school students and bikers.
January 28, 2011
I find Peter Bell's Jan. 27 letter to the editor, "Cars Shouldn't Stop for Pedestrians at Crosswalks," totally misguided and self serving. He argues that "if you're into carbon footprints, stopping and restarting a ton and a half of steel burns a lot more energy than if the pedestrian crosses after you've passed. " This twisted logic rewards the person who uses the most energy by giving the high energy user the right of way. For example, a right turning motorist fails to yield to a bicyclist, as happened to me, and when I asked her why she didn't yield, she said that cars always have the right of way over cyclists.
January 25, 2011
In his letter to the editor, Ed Warner suggests that drivers don't know the law when it comes to pedestrian crossings. Perhaps he's the one that needs to brush up on the laws. Drivers must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks. Now then, what's so complicated about that? I'll throw in the concession "unless otherwise posted," as here in Monkton there is one sign that actually says "... for pedestrians at crosswalks," a departure from the norm. I've been a passenger in a vehicle where the driver feels it's "nice" to slow to a stop and wave a pedestrian across, the problem being the driver behind us didn't anticipate this unexpected act of kindness (and misinterpretation of the law)
January 24, 2011
As a cyclist and pedestrian, I thought the article "For pedestrians, Md. is one of the most dangerous" (Jan. 24) was particularly appropriate. Recently, I was out bicycling in Columbia and was waiting on the sidewalk to cross at one of the marked pedestrian crosswalks on Great Star Road in the River Hill community. As a driver blew through the intersection, I pointed up at the sign for pedestrian crossing, to direct his attention to it. He actually did a U-turn and came back to yell at me. He claimed that Maryland law didn't require him to stop and that and I had no business pointing to the sign; he then did another U-turn to return to westbound Great Star and, as he passed me, he rolled down his window to yell some invective.