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Why don’t drivers stop for people using the Ann Street crosswalk on South Third Street?

Ken Little
StarNews

Q. Why don’t drivers stop for people using the Ann Street crosswalk on South Third Street? Why don’t the police enforce the N.C. state law requiring drivers to stop? Please explain what the law is – there’s no traffic light at that intersection.

A. Drivers should stop, because the pedestrian has the right of way, city of Wilmington spokesman Dylan Lee said.

“Where a marked crosswalk or an unmarked crosswalk exists with sidewalks approaching, vehicles must yield to any pedestrian crossing. This is the case at the intersection of Ann and Third where there are additional flashing lights to highlight the crossing,” Lee said.

Markings are also installed on the pavement to indicate where vehicles must stop if a pedestrian is in the marked crosswalk.

“Officers are authorized to enforce a violation if they see it occurring,” Lee said.

Just the same, pedestrians “should be careful and take steps to ensure that they are visible if a vehicle is approaching,” Lee said.

“In addition, pedestrians should not expect a driver to yield if that driver is so close that they cannot come to a safe stop from the speed at which they are driving,” he said.

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