Stop for pedestrians


As I relaxed in an establishment at 13th and Ludington enjoying a beverage that I had just dispensed for myself as a customer and watching the traffic go by, I saw an older lady guiding a wheelchair with a passenger attempting to use the crosswalk to cross Ludington Street. She and her passenger were risking their lives in doing so. As she attempted to inch her way, the traffic going the speed limit, just kept coming, grossly ignoring her intention. After a few minutes, the traffic disappeared and she was able to cross Ludington.

I have experienced this myself all over the U.P.

A local grocer set out a few signs which states it is a law for a motorist to stop at a crosswalk, for the convenience of his customers and most people obey the request even though it is on private property. You would think those signs would educate our local motorists, evidently not.

I have spent quite a few times in the Pacific Northwest, in small and large cities even walking across rural roads. walking on my time off. I don’t care where you are out there, if a person attempts to cross a street or a rural road, either with a crosswalk or none, these motorists come to a halt. It has happened to me a few times as while walking fast and approaching an intersection I would stop for a few moments to figure which way I was planning to go, they stop. I wave them on.

In Escanaba on occasion if someone is attempting to cross the street or at a crosswalk I’ll stop to let the pedestrian cross, already when I have done this, and I am stopped the pedestrian is taking their time, the motorist behind me toots their horn.

On the driver license test instructions, the first order should be to emphasize that a motorist is to respect pedestrians at crosswalks and it is a state law. Evidently In the Pacific Northwest somebody is enforcing that law pretty seriously and there must be a strict penalty for ignoring pedestrians.

It would be great if some law-abiding organization would began promoting the crosswalk law so a pedestrian in the U.P. doesn’t have to risk his or her life crossing a street. A little courtesy also falls into place.

Joe Potvin

Bark River