Should Woodstock Police ticket pedestrians walking in the roadway?
Wednesday night I was driving on Clay Street in the block where Christopher Foats was struck by a drunk driver and died. Signs there designate that street and remind drivers not to drive drunk.
As I drove north, a young man holding a cell phone to his ear was walking north in the northbound traffic lane about four feet out from the curb. The glare of headlights of oncoming traffic was fairly strong, and I had to slow and wait for them to pass before I could swing out and around the pedestrian. There is a sidewalk in the block where the pedestrian should have been walking.
I wonder ... do Woodstock Police ever ticket pedestrians walking in the roadway where there are sidewalks for their use? Clay Street is a problem area, where sometimes groups (gangs?) of boys (and girls, too) will walk fully in the traffic lane, side-by-side, as it daring drivers to hit them.
Education through polite stops and lectures may not solve this problem, because it's an "attitude" problem, not an inadvertent violation of a law. There is a sense of bravado and entitlement, when these kids mosey along in the street. The same with some of the young people on bicycles. As cars approach, they make little or no effort to yield their "playgrounds."
At the first contact, officers should issue written warnings, in order to create the "paper trail." Upon the next violation? Issue a ticket.
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