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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:24 PM
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A friendly reminder that if you are turning with a green light to look for and yield to pedestrians nearby Park Ridge. Pedestrians moving in the same direction or toward you (who also have a green) have the right of way. Almost EVERY night I end up standing in the middle of the intersection at Greenwood and Busse while southbound cars barrel around the corner at high speeds from Busse to SB Greenwood and do not yield. Last night I waited mid-intersection as EIGHT cars turned and refused to yield (despite making a "stop" gesture with my hand), and then a guy yelled at me that it's not my turn to cross (the latter has happened to me before). Well, pal, it IS my turn. I think as a society we drive so much and walk so little that we've forgotten the rules of the road as they relate to pedestrians. Even if you have a green, while turning by law you must yield to pedestrians. Link to IL rules of the road below. Tell your friends, tell your enemies. Getting yelled at and almost run over by a misinformed dude on my way home to my family is not the best way to end the day.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:25 PM
3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:26 PM

"A driver must come to a complete stop (and yield): When a pedestrian is in a marked crosswalk. On school days, when children are in close proximity to a school zone crosswalk. A driver must yield to a pedestrian: When a pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk on the driver's side of the roadway and there are no traffic control signals. When making a turn at any intersection. When making a lawful turn on a red light after coming to a complete stop. After coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or flashing red signal at an intersection. When a pedestrian enters a crosswalk before the traffic light changed. When a pedestrian is walking with a green light, to a walking person symbol or a walk signal. "

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:27 PM

Also yield to pedestrians crossing Touhy at Summit. Pedestrians have the right of way.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:27 PM

Thanks Alice Dobrinsky. If I'm posting on Chatter, you know that I'm ragey.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:29 PM

I'm so painfully aware of pedestrians, especially since my son was hit by a car on his bike this fall, 1 block from our house. I feel your frustration. It's a whole different outlook once you take the time to really put yourself in the mindset of the pedestrian. ❤️

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:29 PM

Melissa Hulting YesI almost got hit yesterday by cars turning left on Touhy.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:32 PM

I walk in town a lot and drivers really don't look out for pedestrians at all. Use caution with cars backing out of driveways too. Make eye contact with drivers to make sure they see you - don't assume.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:35 PM

Sharon Knowles I have determined that I need a crew of dancing clowns in glow-in-the-dark suits to accompany me home every day. I also sometimes put on my cell phone flashlight and point it directly in the drivers eyes. That works, but feels obnoxious.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:38 PM

I'm usually good about that, but when my life is at risk, it really brings me down. ;)

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 1:56 PM

It happens all the time at Canfield and Devon too. I have to tell my kids that they have to remember that drivers don’t care. Their only concern is making their left hand turn and not the pedestrians in the crosswalk. I was at DQ as I watched my 10 year old almost get clobbered crossing the street because he didn’t hear me yell STOP!

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 2:41 PM

Agreed. I'm telling everyone to sue anyone that hits me. SO. drivers, think about that one. You'll go broke when you don't yield to a pedestrian.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 3:53 PM

Agree with you ! I’ve been honked at by impatient drivers when I’m waiting for a pedestrian to cross

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 4:21 PM

The pedestrian always have the right a way in the roadway. The only exception is the interstate. But you should not be a pedestrian on the interstate unless you want to commit suicide.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 4:59 PM

I agree. It’s dangerous being a pedestrian .

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 5:08 PM

I agree and also want to mention that main streets need better lighting. It gets dark so early and it’s even harder for drivers to see pedestrians.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 5:39 PM

You are Brave. But never put your life in someone else’s hands. Stay focused and be safe. Driving is a tremendous challenge but I can’t even imagine walking around. So many morons out there that don’t know the law of much of anything

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 7:28 PM

Amen! Had this same experience at Oakton and Busse on Monday (complete with driver ignorant of rules of the road yelling at me as he turned left).

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 9:06 PM

I have seen pedestrians walking at night in head-to-toe dark colors, and almost getting hit because drivers can't see them until the headlight beams fall directly on them! If there is a walk signal it shows when pedestrians have the right of way to cross. Pedestrians in a crosswalk always have ROW, but if they are still on the sidewalk they do not have the ROW to run out right in front of traffic.

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3 years ago on 01/15/2020 at 9:31 PM

Drivers and pedestrians know this downtown. You get your hood pounded if you don’t yield or you get stampeded if you try to sneak through a yellow light. Especially near the Metra stations at afternoon rush! But yeah, In the burbs cars are king to pedestrians, cyclists, anything that isn’t a car.

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3 years ago on 01/16/2020 at 7:57 AM

I run outside year round and MAN can drivers be rude. It’s all so common to get honked at, sworn at, flipped off etc. Like sorry I’m trying to be fit and healthy and you need to wait 2 extra damn seconds. Angry and disrespectful drivers is such a real thing these days and it’s so sad. 😬

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3 years ago on 01/16/2020 at 8:35 AM

Yes! Shout it out louder for those in the back!

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3 years ago on 01/16/2020 at 1:18 PM

Let's not just blame drivers. I often walk or run and also drive. If I am turning in the late evening its very possible the pedestrian is optically near the post that holds the windshield, so in a blind spot and not easily visible. Lighting is often poor, and headlights are aiming ahead, not angled toward the pedestrian. Reflective gear may not be enough. We ALL need to exhibit care and good practical constraints. When I run or walk, I often wear a light to be seen. It's on all of us to be safe.

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