Photo Tip: Don’t Block Crosswalks at Red Lights

Thoughtless, illegal and dangerous….

The driver of this pick-up truck has stopped way past the Stop line at a red light and, in doing so, has completely and unacceptably blocked the crosswalk. (Copyright image.)

This photograph was submitted to us this morning (together with permission to use it), from New York State, and it shows a pick-up that has stopped in a very bad position at a red light.

We all need to remember that apart from it being illegal to stop *after* the Stop line, it can cause particular danger if the crosswalk is obstructed as a result, as is the case here.

If a pedestrian needs to cross and walks behind the pick-up truck, they will be hidden from the view of any driver that is turning in to this leg of the intersection, and the potential disaster becomes obvious.

Always stop before crossing the Stop line!

Author: EddieWren

Eddie Wren is the CEO and Chief Instructor at Advanced Drivers of North America. His driver safety background is given at: http://www.advanceddrivers.com/ceochief-instructors-resumecvbio/

2 thoughts on “Photo Tip: Don’t Block Crosswalks at Red Lights”

  1. Hi Eddie
    I certainly agree with your point. But if the picture shows a signalized intersection where are the signals? I dont know much about US road standards on signals but I dont see any pedestrian signals at all.

    1. That’s a very good point, Anne. In the USA, the vast majority of traffic lights / traffic signals are suspended on wires, quite high above the road (so that they can’t be struck by large trucks, etc.) which is why you can’t see them in this photograph. If there are lights (of the ‘Cross’ / ‘Don’t Cross’ or ‘little green man’ variety), they are always on poles but commonly there are none. Where there are no pedestrian lights, the rule is that when the section of road to which the pedestrian is walking parallel has a green light then the pedestrian can cross what is then effectively the side street. This, however, means that vehicles that are turning either right or left into that street must stop, part way through their turn, to allow the pedestrian/s to finish crossing. And this is why a vehicle coming too far forwards against a red light and thus blocking views of the crosswalk and any pedestrians is so significantly risky. I hope that helps.

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